Originally Posted by Fenlander
I hope it suits your needs. The setup process will be loads easier and that can be life changing after a difficult alloy floor. Regarding floor flex it seems to be to a different amount depending on individual combo of load weight & distribution... outboard power... sea state where you use it etc. Also some folks are not bothered by a degree of flex... others more so.
I fully agree you need to be totally committed to knowing an Frib is 100% right for you to spend around 2.5x the amount of the Honwave. Also the Honwave is always popular and an easy resale with minimal loss due to its low initial price.
I bought our Aerotec new almost five years ago and while not as expensive as an Frib at the time it still cost about twice that of the Honwave. They only way I could be sure it was the right decision was to buy a really cheap old used one... give that a trial and then order the new one after that experience.
If I were in the market for an Frib I could only consider one after having a good on the water trial in the usual sea states I operate in.
An F-Rib is still a long term goal (dont tell the mrs!). But for now, for what we use it for i.e. plodding around the lakes and fishing with a couple of friends on board i think its more than enough. Should we really catch the bug and want to go further a field more regularly an F-Rib might be worth saving for.
By far the biggest criteria was something quick and easy to inflate and get on the water and pack away at the end of a day. I cant bring myself to even contemplate putting in the metal side slats on a wooden floor again!