Originally Posted by Sarah G
I note a lot of enthusiasm for these and Avon SR's.
I ve got an Avon SR4/ 50HP Mariner, they are quite possibly one of the best ribs ever made, very industrial and great fun, but abit small for you.
PM Biggles or roycruse, they both have a Ribcraft 5.85 with 140HP 4stroke, which in my view is the ultimate family cruising package, as JK says the 140HP isn't entirely necessary but you can never have a enough power. Ribcraft are one of the few big names that have customer service similar to you get with a car of the same value, they are very slick and professional and their ribs are very well built.
If your after something abit more sporty less commercial you can't go far wrong with the Solent 6.5 and 150 Opti, I have spent a number of hours helming Brucehawskers's 'Farfetched' and the combination really is a fantastic package that just inspires confindence.
For your budget and your intended use primarily as a rescue boat a Ribcraft 585 would my choice.