Originally Posted by sk8rpj
I really love RIBs but for that price you can get yourself a 24' foot boat with a cabin and a diesel.
Horses for courses I think. I love the fun factor with RIBs and, like Biggles, I need to be able to launch and recover it myself almost every time I do it, which I doubt I could do with most other types of boat but is really quite easy with the RIB now I have got the hang of it.
I don't know much about tube materials except that everything I have ever read on the subject says that Hypalon is the best for the job, so I don't think I'd go for second best on what is a fairly expensive bit of equipment, my thought is that it would be a false economy. I must admit though, the one thing that I don't like about RIBs is that the tubes are relatively fragile and relatively labour intensive, if somebody would invent some sort of self-sealing un-burstable Kevlar bulletproof tube at a reasonable price I'd be sold on the idea!
I also like the safety, because basically its unsinkable, though I'm glad to say I haven't seriously tried out that side of things yet
But the sheer Grin Factor wins the day for me, because that's why I got it, for fun. Nothing to beat it on a fine day, compared to something with a roof on its like the difference between riding a powerful bike and driving a saloon car