Originally Posted by Superjetjim
I recently purchased my first boat (Picton Royale 185 with Mercury 150 V6) we visited the Solent at the back end the season and noticed most people now had RIBs and power boats are few and far between. The old man even commented 'We've bought the wrong thing son!'
Question I have is 'why' one over the other?? What are the pros/cons?
Although a solid ski boat the Picton Royale is not really the best boat for blasting around the Solent.
On a well designed RIB the tubes do act as shock absorbers to some extent and offer great stability at rest. But a traditional power boat (ie. long, narrow and pointy with a deep vee) will soak up the chop just as well. The vast majority of 'hardboats' tend to compromise this ride quality for stability and interior space. You just have to decide which is more important to you. I use both. My 8.4 twin engine Redbay is tough, spacious, versitile and very stable at high and low speeds. A friend has a Phantom 21 with 200hp and will blow my RIB out of the water. Even in a moderate swell/chop the Phantom can be trimmed to cope comfortably and it's tons more fun to drive. Thats said, I have had the Redbay out in some very silly seas and I never fealt like she wouldn't get me home. I have literally filled it with water stuffing into the back of a big wave. I just hit the drain trunk lines and carried on, I think it would have been a different story in the Phantom with no bouyancy.
However, I wouldn't go fishing in my rib, - hooks and tubes - bad mix
So there you have it, lots of waffling and no real conclusion