Originally Posted by rodger.ostara
Hi folks, I am not new to boating! used to sail but times change. I am not too familiar with Ribs. I will be using this to travel from Kintyre across to my daughters house on the Isle of Gigha. Had a look at one yesterday almost new condition but its just under 4m long. Great engine and trailer. I will be launching off a sandy beach which does have matting down probably on my own so size matters. My first thought was i should be looking for something about 5m to cross this stretch of water. Of course it will be weather dependant but some advice on handling characteristics would be very welcome.
Itís only just over a couple of miles, depending on where youíre landing on Gigha. Any RIB in the 4-5m class will be fine. TBF, if the weather is too bad to make the crossing in a 4m boat, chances are itíll be too rough for a 5m boat too. Iíd concentrate on a decent (I.e reliable) engine, rather than sweating too much over the RIB.
Iíd be happy to make that crossing in a decent SIB tbh.