Originally Posted by walruz
BUT the fact that so few show up or answer does tend to speak volmes for how Zodiacs are viewed as RIBs.
My tuppence worth! I've had Zodiac inflatables for over 20 years (which got me into boats in the first place) before I moved to a Pro 7 Man RIB in 2006. (For sale here). Been out in some fairly miserable weather and always felt safe. To be fair, it's probably more suited to the Mediterranean than the Moray Firth/Atlantic, but never had an issue with quality. I know a lot of the newer models are now available in Hypalon/Neoprene.
The Pro Open 650 (hull angle of 24°) is available in Strongan Duotex fabric. The 550 Pro Open is also available in Hypalon-Neoprene fabric. Needs a extra-long shaft outboard. Zodiac recommend 150hp, but it'll take a maximum 175hp (maximum transom weight of 240kg). No doubt the bare boat package will be expensive. However comes with hydraulic steering, 120 litre fuel tank and a 54 litre cooler as standard.
Picture courtesy of Zodiac. No doubt the birds