Hi again Fenlander ..the Elling Bow Dodger looks very similar to the F Rib one my brother has.
Your biggest issue you will have if you buy it ... is your good missus might get mad you never bought a dodger before, instead preferring her to act as your dodger.
On a more serious note.. my brother loves his and is a permanent fixture although he swaps between a 6HP and a 15 HP for power on his 330 FRib. Its performance is not noticeably different even with the lightweight 6HP and he does go out in rough conditions too.
Personally, I would not dream of not using a dodger on any of my boats either and never noticed and difference handling in any of the conditions I go out in. The advantage is the shelter and sense of security younger kids get sitting behind it, and the fact my own dodgers keep the camera gear dry and stop bags bouncing about.
I appreciate some guys say they donít like them .. but I donít know any guys who donít use them in my circles. If it was me..I would get the Elling dodger without hesitation.
I donít know much about the boat itself but you wont notice the narrower hull once you get used to it. My Ali Hull is 6 inch narrower than my old SIB and initially I thought it would show in a beam sea .. but in reality it was all in my imagination. I think you will appreciate the extra length.
My regular boating buddy who is in my ďCovid BubbleĒ (Kaman) has a painful neck injury and he got rid of his floored SIBS in favour of the airfloors as he prefers the softer ride of the airfloor .. they dont jar his neck injury in a chop the way a solid floor can.
Looking forward to your write up on it as there have not been many except those that have them seem happy with their purchase.