Been reading this forum for a few months now; doing research and am now about to purchase a RIB (hopefully).
This will be my 1st RIB, although I am an experienced Windsurfer
and have owned numerous Inflatables with tiller control.
I intend to use at both extremes from family cruising around sheltered inlets and estuaries to high speed in rougher conditions
as well as cruising longer distances (around W Scotland, etc). Hope to do an around UK at some point.
Before you say, why dont you crawl before you try running a Marathon, I fully agree; one step at a time.
My point is, this is likely to be a one off purchase, so get it right 1st time; don't wish to end up regretting buying the wrong boat.
Have tried a few RIBS and am leaning towards a RIBCRAFT 5.85, 4 POD seats, 140 outboard, heavy duty A Frame, 180L tank, Cruiser Console (with front seat). Drove one in Devon last week in a Force 5 and it handled extremely well; very impressed by build quality. Have also been to Ribcraft factory. Will make my mind up at the Boat show where I have a few more sea trials booked (also considering Avon Adventure 620 Open).
1) What do you guys think of Winged Backrests (see pictures). I have tried sitting in them (on land only) and they really give a feeling of comfort and security (particularly for the kids).
2) I've pretty much discounted a bench seat as they dont really seem as well suited for rougher conditions (see Pictures). Any thoughts on these (I did like them initially, I guess better for cruising, but hence my thought of front of console bench locker seat for calm conditions)
3) Grab Handles on tubes; any use? Get 2 or 4?
4) Toe straps? I have had some people recommend them for rougher conditions.
5) Finally, I've read some threads on GPS mount, Bracket or Flush. Is the bright sunlight a major issue on flush mounts. I am not really keen on bracket mount due to obstructing your view and strength of bracket to hold unit.