Originally Posted by kaman
I think the Funyak has a more pronounced v on the bottom than the Whaly.
possibly in the pics but hard to say without both side by side or taken at the same angle.
What are your experinces Poly with your set up in the ruff stuff?
The conditions we had on the way back from Belnahua to Kerrera were probably as bad as I intentionally go out in for "fun" but I've had a few times when I needed to go out in worse (e.g. to get the boat back to the slip at the end of the holiday, to recover a lobster pot before going home, because it was fine on the sheltered side of an island and I decided to go right round!).
I found the bench seat with no backrest was not ideal. Coming off a really big wave you really did need to hold on so as not to fall backwards off the seat. I was never aware of slamming through my spine down, but certainly when alone I tended to stand in bigger waves (and that seat was slightly too far forward for my comfort).
I made a jockey seat upgrade myself and its a good improvement - not from slamming just because sitting with no backrest for hours gets tiring. It does also make it easier to stand or half-stand/sit too. (It also gave me somewhere to mount a small mast for VHF).
I have no experience driving one from the "tube". Mrs P and the little P's have sat on the side seats in reasonable bumps - but probably not as big as we had on the way home from Belnahua. They complain* about getting wet not slamming. (* the kids now ask me to do it intentionally as they are older!). They like going over big wakes though - which isn't quite the same as it is not relentless but is ok.
I've little experience of SIBs in big waves, but I have experienced RIBs and for its size I'd say the Funyak holds its own for slamming. The criticism I would have of the Funyak is that when you hit a big wave it sprays right over anyone on the tubes, and if you have the trim not perfect over the helm's head too (I think PTT would sort this).
Did you find a Whaly in person somewhere local? Would they let you trial it? We could pop the funyak in and play side by side...