Couldn't agree more
I have been saying all allong in the Forum that the philosophy of a RIB is mainly versatility, easy maintenace, towable boat, easy launch and recovery, safety, (sometimes) all weather boat, high power to weight ratio etc etc too many to mention.
These HUGE (i.e FB's boat 6.2 tonnes
) boats are not RIBs they are just cruisers with floating pontoons stuck on them. However, one cannot deny I think that in the years to come we will see more of those Cabin RIB type boats coming allong since the incorporate some of the advantages of a PROPER RIB. Certainly I know that many buildersa of traditional RIBs are thinking to produce 7, 8, and 9 mtr Cabin RIBs for the Northern climates. These pobably will be easy to launch and recover. light and topwable, narrow beam etc.
The price issue I may have a small disagreement. Although I have the same philosophy i.e. you get what you pay for, I believe that some (I stress the word SOME!) builders (I know plenty in Greece, some of them are UK based with building outlets in Greece) are more accountants than builders. The boat you get and you pay through the nose for it, (to put it mildly) quality wise does not represent the money that has depart your pocket!!! NOT GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY. Construction, finish etc RUBISH!!!
However, there other builders i.e. in SAmerica, SAfrica and in some other remote places of the World boat prices are relatively low and the construction and quality is 1st calss.
However, all in all I do not think that we DO NOT have any disagreement on this issue.