I need some help figuring out which boat is going to fit the bill, and not leave me feeling like I should've really bought something else
First and foremost, it has to be able to live on a trailer. There's no way I can go back to disassembling and re-assembling the boat every time. I have my reservations about a SIB with a 50-60hp outboard on the back, especially when stored away for November through March. Do you have to consistently top the boat off with air so the transom doesn't sag down with the engine, or is it safe to park it and forget it for the winter with the right trailer?
It also needs to carry 4 adults comfortably. If it seats or holds more, great, but four total is the minimum. The Cadet 350 ALU that I had before was a bit small inside for my taste.
Excellent performance and versatility are a must. There's only room for one boat in my budget
one boat that's fast and agile enough to be a blast to bomb around in for the day is really what I'm looking for at the end of the day. Being able to weave around larger craft safely and easily like I was in the Cadet 350 in tight channels like the Chicago River is a huge plus.
Hoping for some input from the RibNet veterans on this. The boats that've caught my attention are the Bayrunner 550, Futura Mark 3, Classic Mark 2 HD, and Cadet RIB 390. I can't seem to get any information on the Cadet RIB 390 which is odd. I think the Bayrunner 550 is my top choice right now, but I'm interested to hear what the more experienced inflatable crowd has to say