Originally Posted by Day Dream's
So my question is does a cabin rib such as the Redbay 850 stormforce take away from the fun of ribbing on an open boat or does it help get more time on the water in the winter months?
The short answer is probably "yes, and yes"
It does make a big difference to the experience. It's warmer and drier but you're much more detached and for a given speed and sea state it will tend to feel less exciting. In our limited experience we also found that people were more likely to feel seasick in a cabin RIB.
For general leisure cruising, even for extended distances, I would probably choose an open RIB. If I was using the RIB as a serious mode of transport that might mean regular use in bad weather then I would definitely be looking at a cabin RIB.
I would prefer diesel for ease of fuelling and the widest range of options. While it's not too difficult to sort out the logistics of petrol hauling on home turf, but it's more of a hassle if you're cruising further afield.
Both these choices really depend on how, when, where and why you plan to use the new RIB.