Originally Posted by Channelwatch
Hello Capt Don,
We are a Vessel Assist opperator in California and use both inboard diesel fiberglass boats and RIBs. We have a 30 ft twin diesel, ex-military Nautica RIB and recently purchased a 7.8M Ribcraft with twin outboards. There are pros and cons to RIBs in our line of work but properly set up for the intened use I think they are great boat.
Depending on your intended usage, I don't know if I would go with the set-up you are considering. Feel free to call us and I will gladly share what we have learned and what is working for us. 805-644-2762.
Capts Paul and Beverly
Thanks for the reply,
I used to be a Vessel Assist vendor myself, but lost out in the change over to BoatUS here on the east coast.
The boat I am getting is already being used for assistance towing, but the vendor has issues with it getting into shallow water, which we have a lot of. I plan on moving to an area where water depth is not an issue, otherwise I would not even consider a stern drive unit.
The current owner told me today there is a leak in a tube at a seam where the tube narrows to a point. I would assume I will have to have the Zodiac repair center fix it, due to the location. This boat also has a push knee installed. That should come in handy.
I'll give you a call maybe tomorrow.