Hi I've owned a couple of ribs in the past, and have decided to get back on the water.
I'm keen on a humber for its simplistic ruggedness and seaworthy rep, however I torn on size and not sure what difference I will notice between a destroyer and ocean pro.
Generally it will be two to four of us out in the Solent and skirting the coastline down to Poole or Swanage etc. However on a rare occasion, in good weather, maybe 6 ish will be out for a spin.
In the past I've had a cobra 7.5 with diesel inboard, expense on maintenance, very seaworthy but difficult to manoeuvre at low speeds and a rib tec freeway, the opposite in most ways
I'm interested to know if a 5m ocean pro will be significantly more unstable in choppy waters than a 6m destroyer? As it generally just 2-4 of us in the boat. Will it be significantly better in unsettled waters than the freeway, which was scary!
Should I simply go as big as possible? My budget may stretch to a 7m destroyer
I'd welcome your advice