Greetings from Boston, Massachusetts. Surprised to see that despite signing up in 2014, I've never posted.
Been a competitive sailor for many years and currently own a Melges 24. But always found inflatables tremendously practical and owned a very small Zodiac (8.5'), a 10' Avon, a 12' AB RIB, and currently have an Achilles 11' HPIF with a 6hp Tohatsu 4 stroke and a 15hp Evinrude 2 stroke.
Have three teenage kids. We are walking distance to one of Boston hatbor's yacht clubs so water access is great.
We used to have a 21' center console and the kids really like it. So I've been looking at getting a larger RIB for harbor tours, trips to the harbor islands and environs. Family preferences have made this a little challenging:
- I prefer RIB's for their excellent performance is seas, low fuel consumption, and ease of visiting or rafting.
- My wife wants a "party barge" to take her and her friends on low-speed cocktail parties so the more space the better.
- My 17yo daughter thinks I'm a sell out and wants a cruising sailboat - J/109 works for her.
- My 15yo daughter wants a Laser to sail and another center console so she and her friends can sun bathe on the forward V.
- My 14yo son likes sailing and as long as the boat is "fast" doesn't care.
My negotiating position has been substantially strengthened by discovering that my wife's kitchen project is 100% over budget! So I am looking at new and used RibCraft 5.85's and 6.5's. RibCraft USA is just up the coast in Marblehead, MA so that's my focus.
We've also looked at Center consoles 23-26'. Their salespeople claim that RIBs have limited room (true) and depreciate rapidly as the tubes age (specious in this part of the country).
A 22 1/2' Edgewater CC weighs 3,000 lbs naked vs. 1,365 lbs for a (21'6") RibCraft 6.5 so while the difference is less in some cases, you are still pushing around a lot of FRP.