The Redbay9.1 was my personal 2nd choice of new boat.
But it aint that easy and I will explain.
I did not want 2 diesels.
The reasons being.
1 - 2 X fuel bills.
2- 2 x maintanance bills.
3-Unshore what price diesel is going to be in the U.K next few yrs.
4-Unshore what is happening with emmisions standards in next few yrs?
5-Unshore about leg/drive capabilitiesof engines supplied with boat.
6-Engine tecknology is changing real fast for me and I wasnt prepared to be twice as vunerable financialy, if I ended up with old tecknology engines.
7-Wanted the performance and speed and range of a single powerful diesel.Eg A single Diesel rated at 275hp at the prop will equate to aproximatley two 165hp engines and legs withought the weight and give a larger long distance range.
8- Lost Room on the rib,you can give up 2mtrs off the back end,on a 9mtr boat and your back to a 7mtr boat.
9-I am not convinced of twin diesel applications for ribs in this smaller size and becouse of my happy cynickal attitude, I decided to buck the trend,and go for makeing the boat builder less proffit.
10-4 stroke tecknology is now with us and I Use an outboard to get us home at displacement speed 6knts.Its a Honda bf30 it gives a range with 15 gallons of aprox 100miles from a safe haven.
If I were buying a rib today of which I am not.
I would ask for a GZ curve and check with the RYA for guidence in reading it.
No boat can be sold in Europe with a cat B Offshore CE mark unless it passes Iso 12217 unless it passed before the stability test came into force.
I do not know weather the Redbay has this Ticket I presume it does, but please check.
In the Press at the moment there are a number of things to be carfull of.ie buying ex work boats and using them for leisure use. They may have to be re tested and if they fail your in Cat C inshore waters with your boat.
The people to watch out for in the future in boating, are the insurance companies as if you give them a reason for no pay out then that will happen.
As you can see I dont go with the flow and I hope you make the right choice for you,I personaly like the Redbay and think, If it has the right statistical GZ imformation and you can get your prefered choice of engine/s and its half as good as it looks,then you will not go to far wrong with that for an open boat.
I looked at increasing the front Cabin so as to stay overnight,but after My choice of engine and the changes I wanted to make and the costs, I decided to hang fire and get what I really wanted.Which was a Cabin rib with a wheelhouse.
Also in my opinion If a tube is glued on only, then it will come off at great speed,its all down to the tube and carrier and the fixing points of that tube to that carrier. you do not need to have a Hard nose on all offshore ribs.
This is what I have learnt so far and these are my personal opinions of course.
I hope there is something in what I say that will be of help to you both and maybe you will stick to your flying machine,it sounds like a great bit of fun your having with it..