Originally Posted by Phil
I 've been looking at this for a few weeks now.
Tubes reduce the available space.
space for sunbathing
good sturdy sun shade ,maybe cuddy cabin if kids need to be right out of the sun
storage for skis, biscuit etc
bench seats not jockeys
none of these is impossible with a rib but if you work on 6 people on board as I have to then you must be looking at a minumum of 8 metre +
Also the need for deep v Brit style boats is questionable unless you plan long distance cruising -on the basis that if the weather is bad you do not go out
Do a search for Italian manufacturers -great style but at a price .
To take the above in order:
Tubes versus space - we have slimmer tubes (that are in the water at rest giving stability) Inside max beam is 1700 and external is a little under 2500.
Sunbathing - we have a large foredeck, space in the cockpit and a big rear benchseat.
Sunshade / cuddy - No cuddy cabin, but I could be persuaded to do a bimini type of sunshade if there was a request!
Storage - Not only is there a ski locker in the cockpit floor big enough for a pair of skiis, a mono, but also some flat fenders and other stuff, but there is also a 6 foot long locker under the foredeck capable of holding an amazing amount of "stuff" including an igloo, dry clothes and so on as it is a "dry" locker.
Seating - the front seats are our own 4 way design - giving bucket seat type security when traveling quickly, but they reverse for observing a skier and also act as a stand up bolster type thing for greater visibility when going slowly. The rear seat is a 3 seater bench type seat with enclosed sides for greater security.
Deck shower - that of course is an optional extra on our boats.
6 people - Our 7.7m boat seats 5, but because it has a hard nose it has the hull lentgh of a 8m + boat.
Deep V - The BananaShark Seven Seventy is a stepped hull boat and not a "Brit Style" Anything - it has handling that has to be tried (anyone welcome for a demo!), is comfortable in any normal conditions, but has already been tested in conditions you wouldn't go out in voluntarily!
I would suggest you don't have to go to Italy for style - we are not the only British manufacturer to offer stylish boats! (IMHO)