Heh, yeah sorry that was a very poor way to ask that question!
Cookee you are correct, not interested in top speed more in rough water stability while planing and sheer toughness.
I've been asked to take my RIB out on the bay Sunday to take pics of a few boats in the Screw Pile races. Weather forecast is fantastic but nevertheless I think this will be a good opportunity to begin identifying my RIB's shortcomings and give me a better idea of what to look for in my NEXT RIB!
Point well taken on the differences between 5m and 7m ribs. Def not a fair comparison. I won't go smaller than the 5.3 I have now, that is for sure. And the only way I could afford a 733 would be by purchasing a basket case at auction and rebuilding over time so that's probably out of the question as well. 6.5? 6.8? Probably doable in the near future I think.