Originally Posted by Biggy
Hi & welcome 👍
There's been several posts on here just of late regarding a folding Rib.
From what your saying , it sounds ideal for you, it'll push along at a good speed, run forever with a small 4stroke on its back.
Have a look at the F-Rib threads.
Originally Posted by philpot
Just what I was thinking
This guy has to travel 7 miles to work over two foot waves? What kinda shape will he arrive in? And why would he need a folding
RIB? Is he transporting it in an automobile?
What price is gas in Panama? Is there a supply issue? You'll find that the jon boats/skiffs are very fuel efficient and likely OK if handled properly. That said, they look a bit on the light side to me! You might be better to consider a GRP/Ali hard boat with slightly more freeboard and some integrated buoyancy. Keep the weight in mind and spec an engine that you will be running at around 70% revs for your required speed. Personally, I'd go for whatever 2 stroke brand the locals are using and make sure it's not too small - they're not THAT bad on fuel unless you run them flat out all the time. Be aware that SIB and RIBs tend to be heavy compared to hard boats of a similar size and thus need a bit more power to push them.