First I have to...
agree with Manos and JK. A line must be drawn somewhere, BUT... on the other hand we must be open minded.
Some 30 years ago if we had the chance (and the hitec features), of having this discussion, NONE of us could believe that there are other than traditional boats. Wood and steel were the most common materials for boat builders.
Then Zodiac made the first sib writing the first page of this kind of boats. We all remember that we didn't consider them as the most aesthetic thing ! Did we ? They had that peculiar scheme.
I remember an uncle of mine saying the first time he saw my sib : "And what are these rockets looking backwards for ?"
When the first rib showed up (I remember well), none could imagine how these boats would push aside the sibs.
I 'm sure that nowadays boat builders sell more ribs than sibs. MUCH MUCH MORE. For two reasons only. First it's fashion. Second they serve better the cause they are made for.
To come to this "Bell Marine" manufacturer. Is there a point to draw a line between which is and which isn't a rib ?
I am sure that IF you remove (cause they can be removed) these pontoons and fill the boat with water, she will go down till you count to 3.
This is what the people has to be informed with
Then let the people (market) deside.
Michael a.k.a "Bat Falcon"