I remember a certain poster getting very vocal about how unsafe RIBS were for families and how that we were all not safe and irresponsible about the safety of our passengers, crew, kids etc. He also sought a lot of advice which was freely offered until he started rubbishing those that gave it to him.
So Pete are we going through this again or are you genuinely interested in folks advice this time round? I wouldnt want this to be an UNHAPPY experience!
In the spirit of helpful advice....I have done a bit of boating on the Cobra 7.5m. As Codders says they are a relatively shallow V and I found that it slammed a lot in any sea. It will be more capable than you Glastron though
. Build quality was good, however there were some design failings in my mind. For example the full width bench seat on the stern only had a couple of piddly little drain tubes under it to clear any water that came onboard. Once stuffed and filled to the brim (as inevitably happens from time to time) it was very difficult to clear the water from the deck.
Frankly there is only one true course for a discerning Gent such as yourself. Thats to go to Lymington and cross Mr G Jelly's palm with a vast amount of silver and have him build you a 8.5m (or thereabouts) Scorpion. You will get the best in performance and build quality which will hold its value and give you hours of pleasure. Yes they are bloody expensive but for a man of your means that clearly wont be a problem.
Scorps are also more stylish than the more workmanlike ribs which I suspect will appeal. However should you not be a follower of the one true path, those Shearwater RIBS look nice but bit of an unknow quantity. Otherwise the 8.5m Ocean is a serious bit of kit, with a small cuddy cabin. I have a couple of friends with them and they cruise them extensively.
And of course as you know, those big Redbays are very serious bits of kit and well worth a look.
Submitted for your consideration and damnation.