I started my family boating with a 5.75 viper, the kids started as young as a few months, out in push chairs strapped to the deck as it had no seats
Went on to A hared boat with small cabin but now back to ribs!
We have a 2006 ribeye 6m play time and the tubes look like new
The hypolon tubes on the osprey viper we had where in a much worse condition in under 10 years but it had had a hard life with my old diving club before I bought it! So I would not rule ribeye out they are very family friendly