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Old 21 August 2011, 11:08   #1
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What are the advantages of a RIB/SIB over fiberglass boat?

Hi Everyone,

What is your opinion about the contrasting advantages/disadvantages between inflatables and fiberglass? I would like to read as many responses as possible, since this could be a subjective topic. Thanks

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Old 21 August 2011, 12:02   #2
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A quick search will find most of your answers, out of interest ask the same question on boatmad.

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Old 23 August 2011, 10:35   #3
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Inflatables: Much more stable at rest (no rocking.) Much lighter than a similar size hard boat (applies, but not so much, when comparing to an aluminum hard boat, though.) Higher load rating than a similar size hard boat. Self-fendering (to a point.) No gel coat to constantly repair. Smaller boats can be broken down and packed away in the garage. Nearly unsinkable unless you have a high degree of boat trauma.

Hard boats: Won't get you stared at as much (in the US at least.) Easier to bolt on accessories. Not as likely to have someone with a knife do damage to it. Easier to find a boat with cabin space. Generally heavier, so marginally more comfortable in larger sea states (to a point, and depends on hull shape.)

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