Hi if I may put my pennies worth in
I had a A400 with a Yam 30 2stroke
both my kids and myself learnt to wake board of it (iam 15stone)
it was a very easy boat to launch and recover
it was the only Boat i have had that with a mate and myself i could spin the wheel at full speed whilst he sat in the bow and it would spin on its nose like a jet ski !!
i covered a number of fairly bigish trips in it from Phwhelli to Barmouth and back in the 2005 rib net cruise with the kids and the wife and kept up Just !
I know my wife doesnt like the idea of Jockey seats yet they are better as you use your legs as suspension and knees to grip
But if the weathers that bad the wife stays on the beach
as a family starter boat i think that its a great choice
make sure you clarify how many will use it and how regular and will they all want seats ?
I changed the Avon for a Zodiac Medline great family lay out but not the best handling rough weather capabule but it was what we wanted as a family and i have been over to Ireland and back on it last year 160 miles round trip
I have a number of freinds with Zodiac Pro 9's pro 7's Medlines and 550
if you want a small family rib and you dont want a work horse that could take you across oceans then consider the A400 or the A450 or the pro 7 for a really good Med layout try this
just my input