Small world Markboyo and Rogue wave.
I spent 6 years rotating out of Angola working onshore in Sonils base. I was Field Serivce Manager for BP Block 18 for FMC. I had crew on the Sedco Express, DeepSea Stavanger when she took over, Bourbon 101, Seven Pacific, Russell Tide and bourbon jade at various times.
Back to the thread, I have had open ribs, a 7.4 redbay cabin rib then moved on to hard boats, can't beat the ribs for fun and hard boats for facilities.
Wife and I very pleased with the Princess I have now, but loved the cabin rib, fitted warm air heating to the cabin for comfort and had a lot of fun.
All comes down to budget and the type of boating you do. Buying the boat is the easy bit, it's the maintaining, storage and extra fuel costs that are the killer.
Secretly miss the buzz of open ribbing though....
I must go down to the sea again to the lonely sea and the sky
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by
the wheels kick and the winds song and the white sails shaking
a grey mist on the seas face and grey dawn breaking