Hello from Sydney
I got directed to this forum by another Ribber on an Australian fishing forum, so he's probably lurking around here somewhere...
I'm from Sydney Australia, love freediving, surfing, and being on the water. I'm looking to buy a boat in the next year or two after I save my pennies and do my research.
I've always loved RIBs since being a surf lifesaver and performing rescues on the little 40hp tiller boats in the waves, as well as being in the Navy and hooning around on the larger 15+ people boarding party RIBs.
When the time comes, I'll be wanting a RIB that will comfortably carry about 6 people plus all freediving gear (fins, weights, freediving buoy, and dive line), and some tasty food and beverages for post-diving picnic on a nice beach somewhere. Any recommendations for length? A lot of the RIBs under 5m specify a capacity for 9 or 10 people, but I feel like that would be a super tight fit... I'd be far more comfortable with something above 5m, or is that huge for 6 divers?
Anyway, glad to be here and looking forward to learning as much as I can.