Originally Posted by Mark Babbe
The Ballistic are prettier boats and have a bow area which coverts from seats to a sun deck and also has a removable table.
I've a Ballistic 6.5 which has the same sun deck and removable table - we have found the sun deck good, but the table hasn't been as useful as I expected as it doesn't store away anywhere whist cruising - or at least it doesn't on the 2004, 6.5m Ballistic I have. This may be different for the 7.8m.
As to whether the ride is "hard" - I' haven't found this to be a problem with the 6.5 - but I think you get used to what you have, and I've certainly found the Ballistic very stable in rough seas as I think it is heavier than other similar sized RIBS.
When I bought mine (2nd hand) I was lucky enough to be at Ribex last year and was able to try four or five RIB makes in one weekend. The Ballistic came out on top as it had everything as standard and felt really "safe", although of course I'm sure thay are (nearly) all just as safe in reality.
I think you'll find it will come down to being a gut feel asto which is best suited to what you want to use it for! We've used it a lot in the past 11 months and have not been disappointed with the Ballistic.