Lovely looking boat Richard and I hope it all goes well for you. I too made the transition from RIB to Floating Lounge Bar last year and spookily also admitted my sins in a post called "confession time". If you follow the link you will see that I too recieved a mixed reaction.
I have not regretted the choice at all and had a fantastic season with much more time on the water because my wife, family, friends etc love the comfortable boating a hard boat allows. In fact I am just packing a bag to go out on Saturday kneeboarding and skiing with some friends.
PS some of my local Ribbers still talk to me and let me cruise with them but I won't embarass them by naming them.
PPS I admit that one day I still want to own a dirty great big RIB to do some longer expeditions / trips.