I was talking to a diving friend last night about my old boat, which became his new boat. It was an early Hurricane, built before Hurricane was owned by Zodiac. Essentially, it was a Mark III Grand Raid, with the floor cut out and bonded to a fibreglass hull. I have always understood that these early Hurricanes were some of the first RIBs although it's hard to imagine that they haven't been around a long time.
Does anyone know about the first RIBs or better yet, have photos? Are any of them still in service?