A good friend of mine has the next size up Whaler and I must say as Hard Boats go its pretty Good, nice fit and finish,well thought out, and on a nice day out from Dartmouth with the Picknick Table set up and the Bimini deployed,and I-pod going it is a pleasant vessel to be on
However....(oh and the RIB can do the Picknick thing ALMOST as well if you gear up for it--See Pikey Daves's 'Dive Boat'
Put a RIB of the same size against it in the Rougher Stuff (and it doesn't have to be that rough!) and the 'Whaler' starts wishing it was at Home with Bob Marley having a Smoke!
In a force 4-5 Beam Sea from, Dartmouth to Plymouth It proved to be a VERY wet and Bumpy Ride,with my old RIB Taking it in its Stride! and us having to slow down all the time so they could catch up!...
As for throwing them around, pushing the limit,and or wave jumping like you can A RIB..forget it....Tried that!
.. and those seats!!
In short IMO if you want to go out in Fair weather,and not do long or extended Cruiseing, (where the weather often chages for the worse) and you don't want to carry too much or too many,it is a decent hard Boat.
There are many reasons The RNLI-Special Forces-Rapid Response-Off-shore Oil Rigs-Customs ect ect choose as their First choice a RIB!
Oh and my Mate wants a Ribcraft Factory tour sometime soon