Originally Posted by simon_
having owned an American sportsboat some time back the only option you generally had was the sheltered water one!
Interesting you say that. Before we actually bought a RIB, my wife and I were convinced that we wanted something similar. Not having actually BEEN in a sportsboat or RIB, we were basing our ideas on the "looks" of the boats.
Luckily just before we actually bought a boat, we hired something similar to a Bayliner while on holiday in Florida... and boy were we shocked at just how bad the handling and ride was, and that was in really calm water. I hate to think what the ride would be like through the choppy UK coastal waters!
The day we returned to the UK, happened to be the Ribex Show in Cowes, and this gave us our first chance to actually try a RIB. And WHAT a difference!!! The ride was just so much more comfortable and secure.
We tried LOADS of different ribs, and finally decided on a Ribeye 6.5m. I would second the comment that there appears to be a bias against them, from people that are looking solely for a more industrial type of boat. I would honestly say that for all round FAMILY use it's been excellent, and the customer service from the company itself is second to none.
Southampton Boat Show is coming up, so why not try and get down there and try a few boats out, would really help you decide.