10' 8" Rib
I own a RIB 5 zodiac by west marine and it is 10' 8" approx 3.3 metre.
I it powered by a 25HP 4 Stroke Mercury and this little boat has the guts of a 40' yatch.
Just last weekend I took it out in 8 to 10' seas for a 12 mile trip and although at one point it got SCARY I made it safely back to shore.
The reason why I was asking if anybody here from USA was to share another trip I made from Key West to the Marquesas Keys.....Now that was tough. the trip from Key West to Boca Grande Key is not bad 4' - 5' seas at most but after you leave the safety of the intracoastal waters and you enter the boca grande channel THINGS CHANGE!!
THis is an 8 mile ride that gets very tough. It took me about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to cross and make it to the Marquesas. Marquesas are a beautiful place with crystal clear waters and lots of white sand. Spent the day in the marquesas and at about 5:00 PM decided to head back in my 3.3 metre mini boat. Thankfully winds were calm when crossing the boca grande channel but about half a mile into the intracoastal waters a storm hit. Waves were so choppy that I was about 3/4 of the boat full of water.
2 hours later I was back safely on shore.
I have a friend that sunk an 18' Sea Ray crossing the boca grande channel and he said seas were about 6 - 8'.
Nothing like a RIB!!!!