Originally Posted by Rogue Wave
I am presuming you need the right weather window for this trip so what level of flexibility do you have on the departure date.
To get back to the original thrust of the thread, Codprawn, can you define Ultimate e.g does ultimate mean speed or durabilty or seakeeping or personal protection. I certainly don't think a seekweltrorler would fit into the category of an offshore Rib!
Well "ultimate offshore rib" was really a bit of fun poked at the ad on boats/outboards - I mean what a way to describe a Medline!!! Nice boats in the right place!!!
As to what it really means I suppose a mixture of all those properties.
I have to be honest and say I don't like most cabin RIBs - the reason being that the very reason I wanted a RIB in the first place was for deck space - I like the open console type boats.
I even looked at things like the Whitesharks and Boston Whalers - also some of the French walkarounds - but I love the whole concept of a RIB - have liked them since I was a kid.
The ideal of course would be a RIB with a central cabin - the Shearwater looks good but the hull looks a bit too fine at the bow.
I think my ideal RIB would be something like a Rayglass protector 11m - nice cabin but still reasonable deck space and you can walk to the bow.
Other requirements would be
Diesel surface drives
The real problem is of course that different boats suit different purposes - for example I would love a waterjet for shallow surf but then would love a surface drive for high speed work and legs for grip when coming off big waves!!!