Originally Posted by John Kennett
I can't understand why more people don't have RIBs in the Bay Area, it looks ideal. Sailing is obviously big, standing on the Golden Gate bridge on a Sunday afternoon I counted about three hundred sailing boats, but saw only a handful of RIBs during our stay. For that matter there didn't seem to be very many other powerboats either. Is it as California eco thing?
I don't think it's an environmental thing. Probably more of a "Holy crap it's expensive to store this thing" problem. Housing here is off the charts, so a storage capable house is expensive, and many communities don't allow home storage of boats anyway due to the eyesore factor. Other storage facilities charge based on land values, so...
There are a good number of powerboats in California, but seem to be primarily used for lake fishing, open ocean fishing, or water skiing. The larger cruiser boat contingency seems happy to sit on the mooring and drink wine. Most RIB's you'll find here are used by the diving crowd, who don't generally do SF Bay.
The lack of powerboats used for recreation other than fishing and skiing sort of surprised me as well.