Originally Posted by ian parkes
I know most of you are proper big rib owners so I may not be at the right place or get some piss taken .
You most definitely are in the right place, Ian, and welcome to the finest inflatable boat forum on the net. I'm not a 'proper big rib' owner either, but I only get the p*ss taken out of me occasionally and I sure give enough back in return
In fact there are a couple of owners of 7m RIBs (you know who you are) who get more p*ss taken out of them than the rest of us put together!
I don't think there's anyone on here with your exact boat, but many of the 'big RIB' boys also own inflatables, or SIBs (Soft Inflatable Boat) as they're known, and use them for a similar purpose to you. Several of them have been out in horrendous conditions and lived to tell the tale and people like Codprawn and Keith Hart undertake ludicrously long voyages in their's. The new Honda inflatables seem to have been very well accepted and they do appear to be very well built. That Honda 20hp is also a superb engine so no probs there.
The issue of flipping can apply to large RIBs as well as inflatables if you go around like a lunatic, but you seem to have already got a good gauge as to what the Honda is capable of and, as you say, they are a lot more capable than you realise at first. Just keep some weight/crew for'ard in lumpy seas and don't go flat out into every wave you come across. As with RIBs, take care if you're in a following sea with breaking waves, which can cause a boat to broach and turn over, but you've got enough power to keep out of trouble anyway. Take a Level 2 Powerboat Course if you haven't already, which will also help build your confidence and enlighten you even further as to what these boats are capable of. Enjoy!