is typically the
major issue with a RIB, particularly on a boat w/o davits
or a small(ish) boat, say under 40'. I'm not sure how it would be on a Gemini
though. The previous owners of our Crealock
34 had a RIB and we're not quite sure how they dealt with it...we sold it soon after acquiring the boat.
If you do opt for the inflateable floor, carry an over packed patch kit with you at all times!! We now use an infateable floor dingy until we sort out what we now call "the dingy delima" for a more long-term solution. I will tell you it will not take much to puncture the fabric
On our dingy's maiden voyage, it was nudged against a oyster
and barnacle encrsuted piling at the landing on Sapelo Island, Georgia
. That little nudge punctured one of the chambers clean through, just below the waterline!! We were about .75 mile from where Jo Beth was anchored; my wife moved to the very bows of the dingy and I slid as far forward on the opposite side as I could while still gripping the tiller/throttle and raced our little 5hp motor
all the way back, my bum settling closer and closer to the water as we went. The volume of air that escaped was impressive.
We hoisted the dingy by the bows with the staysail halyard
and let it hang off the lifelines
; as I patched the hole, I watched a beautiful sunset over the marshes...