Dubrus, I shared your gecko cynicism. a fine smir one day on the willk craft persuaded me there was some merit, but it doesn't really take any spray so I remained unconvinced until I stumbled on four here going cheap that happened to have the right mix of sizes for our bonces.
Mrs P was most cynical (whilst not a fashionista she certainly has no desire to look like a wannabe rnli guy, and she leaves no doubt about her nationality when getting her purse out!) . They were however a resounding hit at Easdale, and on subsequent trips. On a calm trip to jura I didn't bother with them and got abuse when it was a bit lumpy in the middle. Now described by her as the best boat purchase I've made!