Originally Posted by rib123
Ok thanks all. I've had a look at some models from Zodiac 550 and Ribcraft 5.3. There doesn't seem info on draught... With this type of RIB approx what would that be? Would it be feasible to pull the engine up and beach on sand? Or would you guys recommend anchor and jump in!
A lot will depend on the type of sandy beach you are looking to put onto...
If it gradually shallows then you will struggle to get close to the shore however if it falls away quite quickly then you will find it is possible to nose the rib gently onto the sand with the engine running and tilted up, then when everyone has jumped off you can easily back away a few meters and throw out an anchor. I have done this is a 6.5meter with no problem. However when there is big surf (+2 feet) forget it, things could very quickly go wrong.
Most 5-7 meter Ribs have a draft of less than half a meter if you dont include the leg of the outboard and are easily beachable.