Oi! Mr Fuller,
Ribnet has 2441 subscribers, Pete 7 has already pointed out some advantages of hardboats with which I'd agree and I'd reckon there'd be 2000 or so other opinions as well.
I know what you mean about the Rib/ Rescue mentality but at the end of the day that's only going to do more good than harm isn't it? You get folks like that in all walks of life, look for the BMW motorcyclist wearing a white helmet and a yellow jacket playing traffic cops, I bet he's probably near the bottom of the list to wrap himself round a lampost though cause he takes pride in what he's doing.
I take it there's none of that in racing?
Come on who's idea was it to paint 'LEVIATHAN' all over their boat?
You're a very bad man.