Have a need, have a budget, now I need a boat
Hello everyone, this is my first post here, hope it works out.
I have been thrown rather head-first into a position at a non-profit organization where I am now responsible for selecting a new vessel for our ocean rescue program. We currently have a Zodiac Hurricane 590 with 150hp outboard, but it's reached the end of its life and now that we're replacing it we're looking to go a little bigger. Two options that we've looked at and priced out are:
- Zodiac Hurricane 630 OB with dual 115hp
- Ribcraft USA 6.8 with single 225hp
We have a bit of a bias towards Zodiac because a) our current boat is great, and b) they're based in our city (Vancouver) for easy warranty and such. However, their price for the 630 is substantially higher than Ribcraft's 6.8, even before engines. I've never used a Ribcraft, and have no idea what to expect from them.
Any comments as to the quality of each, which one may be a better selection, things I need to consider in making the choice, and any other suggestions would be highly appreciated.