Originally Posted by iancg1
Those fun yak boats look nice, anyone have experience with them?
I own the same model that Nos4r2 posted, set up with centre console. Fairly indestructible. As with all Rib owners I am slightly biased so believe I made an excellent buying decision; that said I am waiting for funds and free time to justify an upgrade to a bigger boat which will probably have real tubes.
Some of the pros for you- Zero maintainence hull/sponsons, almost impossible to damage (one of their competitors shows a video of a similar sized boat being dropped from a crane onto a concrete car park - see www.marinerevolution.com
). More in built storage than a typical rib (beware this is not watertight); The "tubes" are shaped all the way round so you can sit people in the boat rather than on the tubes.
V-hull handles like a rib rather any "skiddy" dory
The Mac boats (sold in the UK through Marine Revolution) are foam filled inside the polyethylene skin, the FunYaks are hollow. That might be relevant for you if you are doing stuff thats likely to damage them (bear in mind though that dories are also foam cored - and notorious for being water logged).
I'm not sure if there is space for a stretcher to sit safely in the boat with the console fitted (give me the dimensions and I can check). If the idea is maximum payload then might be best in tiller steer version anyway.
I have no experience of working in the sort of water you are planning so can't comment on suitability.
The British Red Cross operate a flood rescue boat from Inverness (or close to there) which is a polyethylene rotomolded boat too (its a Pioneer, which is a bit more industrial (and expensive!) than a Funyak). They added a hovercraft to their fleet recently - might be worth talking to them to see experiences with the boat and why they decided that going over rather than through the water was what they needed (my understanding is they still have the boat for "jobs" where it is more appropriate.
Where are you based?