Originally Posted by Polwart
presumably x-craft don't. As I recall the founders of Scorpion made a big deal about not having a wooden deck in the mags a year or so ago - so guess they may also now have wood below deck. On my tour of redbay a few weeks ago some of the stringers etc were definitely foam cored not wood - not sure if they are "wood free" though.
Although that said I don't think wooden decks are intrinsically wrong.
Mr Xcraft is almost correct - Scorpions are made with one single piece of wood only. You'll never find it though as it's incredibly well laminated and protected. It's in the transom. Foam stringers in the hull as you guessed. The moulded GRP deck has a non-slip surface that cleans easily and never wears.
I'm sorry but I must contradict you - have always thought that for a RIB, a wooden deck is completely wrong - if you use a RIB for hooning around, stuffing into big seas and getting full of water, like I used mine, then inevitably you're going to risk turning £30k+ worth of plywood into soggy cardboard.
Scorpion aren't the only builder to use moulded decks - look at Valiant and Gemini - I think they may have moulded decks? There's probably more.
As an aside - did I tell you about the brand new Zodiac I put my finger through the hull in the dealer's yard? No?