Originally Posted by searider
GRP much cheaper if in series production
hmmmmmmmmmm I need to be convinced on that one and I'm not talking about RIB Eyes, Falcons, RIB-Xs, XS RIBs, Valiants, Humbers and the like, but the more upmarket boats i.e SCORPIONS, SPORT RIBs, OSPREYs etc.
Originally Posted by codprawn
Yes and give a much smoother more hydrodynamic profile - alloy doesn't like complex curves!
That I don't know since never been on an aly boat (will be in November though
). I would think that aly made boats will be slower in some cases than fibre glass ones due to weight and engine type (diesel vs petrol). Which I don't think that it matters that much since it makes no difference if your top speed is 45 or 35 knots, if you only cruise between 20-25 knots.
However, looking at prices and comparing the so called 'good' fibre glass production RIBs with aly RIBs it seems that aly RIBs do not cost (relatively in some cases) as much as the 'good' fibre glass boats
I will see if I can dig some prices out so that we can compare both types of boats.