RIB for diving under 900kg
The boat we have in my dive club is old and ready to be replaced with something more seaworthy and reliable. I am therefore examining what our possibilities are, so that i can have a good suggestion ready for the annual general meeting in the club in march.
We want a RIB, that can carry 6 divers with doubles. It should be robust enough to survive being a club boat, and it should have good seakeeping abilities.
These requirements are all fairly standard, and many options exists. The problem is that we need to keep the weight very low. We have 180% tax on cars in Denmark! Therefore most of the club members drive small economical cars. The old boat weighs 1050 kg including trailer, and we often have problems finding a car to tow it.
We have been looking at RIBS in the 5 to 6m range, but the weight quickly adds up: RIB 380 kg + motor 180 kg + trailer 280 kg + fuel 80 kg = 920. And this is without all the extra bits and pieces.
My question therefore is: Is it possible to get a good RIB for diving weighing maximum 900kg all included (console, fuel, a-frame, lights, trailer etc.)? Any suggestions?