Before I started on my geriatric RIB Instructor/Commercial career earlier this year, I had spent all of my previous 30 plus years boating on decent sized boats, most of which were semi-displacement hulls.
Since then I have probably done a couple of thousand miles in RIBS - doing courses, giving tuition, doing commercial trips and so on.
I have not driven every sort of RIB by any means, but quite a few makes are under my belt now. Most of them have been around 7m.
To be fair - I have not had "a bad RIB" since I started. The seakeeping of all of them has been impressive.
However, I am pretty much in awe of the RIB-Eyes that I have used.
Last week at Cowes, I drove a 7m with a 225 yamaha. Fantastic soft hull - and a wonderfully balanced package. Plus a goodly turn of speed for an "aging youth" like me. (Sorry Kevin if you read this!)
Today I have been out all day (in winds gusting to F7) in a 6.5m Rib-Eye with a 150 Yamaha. To be honest, the hull (and indeed the whole boat) seemed just as seaworthy as the bigger model and we worked our way through some quite nasty chop at the better part of 30kts with no crashing and banging at all.
If I were in the market for a purchase, I'd be putting Rib-eye somewhere near the top of the list.