Originally Posted by John Kennett
II don't know who buys them new, but I'm pretty sure they are a very smal minority round here!
"Ok guv fair cop" Hands up, it was me who acquired a new Aerotec earlier this year. Couldn't stomach all this aggro with the glued seams disintegrating after a few years! Despite the hype, price, and whacky internal deck profile they do provide a unique performance ride in the sib world. Sadly in grey (cheaper) so obviously not as fast as the red ones! But with the added bonus it doesn't explode in the sun.
I am also seriously considering an F-Rib 375 but won't be parting with the Aerotec, as I imagine they are totally are different animals. I fancy a solid hull inflatable to maintain speed when towing teenage kneeboarders in North Sea chop! I do realise the F-Rib does not have a deep v hull and is likely to be a bit of a tank slapper when pushed - not too concerned on comfort but more interested in transom rigidity. The relatively hard chines should also provide a bit more bite in the turns.
Anyway, if I end with both, I'll be well qualified to make a valid comparison. Something tells me though, this will not be the demise of the Aerotec. Has Biggy been on the water in one?😎
PS. Might have to get rid of the alumin. floor Zodiac 3.5 though. 😪