>>>they are expensive but you could save the difference buying a smaller engine and still outperform an aerotec.
>>>Oooft throw away comments like that will start a riot!
Hardly controversial... it's a matter of fact that a more shallow V hard hull boat will be the fastest... if you judge a boats performance solely on maximum speed.
Sean I've linked this before but one of the guys on the Frib site owned a 375 Frib and an Aerotec 380 in the same time frame and wrote an excellent unbiased review comparing them. It's the 4th post down by "Harrison" on this thread.
F-Ribs And Sibs.Com â€¢ View topic - 'Back to Back' F-Rib375 with Aerotec 380
You should be able to relate the differing attributes of each to match your boating needs. The simple fact is that had a Frib matched our needs best in the 3.8m size I'd have bought one... it didn't... so I didn't! But they are a viable and interesting concept.
BTW despite owning an Aerotec I often advise the Honwave 380 air floor as mentioned above. Buy one at a discount for £1300 less than the Aerotec... if you like it then it's all great... if not sell after a year at the peak time of year with perhaps just a £200 loss.
Max said earlier than a new Aerotec would immediately loose half its value if sold on which I assume was made as a throwaway comment... but I could see losing £500 if you swapped one after a year. The Frib used market as mentioned above is less established but I'd expect a £500+ loss selling one of those on quickly if it didn't suit.