Originally Posted by tinker
All in my opinion.
RIB - Can burst, expensive to buy, limited durability.
Yreah, but when they burst they're more likely to stay afloat than a hard boat (as demonstrated on the clyde during the QE2's visit).
Mine's about to celebrate it's 30th birthday!
Not very durabale at all....
Originally Posted by Carl
you can sink a rib
Yeah, but you do really have to try!
I think the advantage of RIBS is thay are more stable at rest, as it comes off the plane & comes to rest, the hull sinks putting the toobs on the water, whereas a hard boat will continue to bob about in the swell. As pointed out before they have more bouyancy than you can shake a stick at, and I believe the toobs can help to absorb some of the impact if you stuff it into the back of a wave.
As has been pointed out, the ideal craft (and I use that word purposefully bearing in mind the previous posts) for you may not be the dream craft of your wife / girlfriend. Having said that, there are some nice cabin ribs out there that tick all boxes, if you have the dosh to pay for them. I think Simon has summed it up nicely.
On a slight tangent, at what point does the rib become a hard boat with a continuous fender?