Another Total Noob W/?'s
I am looking into the possibility of buying a RIB. It would be used primarily for camping excursions, but also diving and fishing. I live in Washington State, on Puget Sound and would use it to explore the San Juan Islands, Olympic Penninsula, as well as the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. So, onto the questions.
1. How large of a boat could be beached? Since camping on the beach would be a primary use, it would be nice to have something that could be driven all the way in and tied up. I take it an aluminum hull would be better than fiberglass for this purpose?
2. What size would you recommend? Normally loaded with two adults, two large dogs + camping and/or diving gear, but could accommodate up to six adults?
3. It seems most manufacturers of RIBs are European. Besides Polaris, are there any other domestic, preferably Northwestern builders?
Thanks for any helpful information.