Some good information and the aluminum
RIB sounds interesting and will research
the options there. But, back to the original question.
I agree completely, totally, 100%. RIBs are better IF
you compare a RIB to the same size soft dinghy. BUT
RIBs generally seem to weigh more (will check the Al version to compare).
I am limited by the capacity of my davits
to a maximum weight of about 200 lbs. To stay within that weight budget
I have looked at 5-6 different brands and it seems like I have 2 options.
1. 9' RIB that will carry 4 people
2. 11' soft dinghy that will carry 5-6 people.
Option 2 would be a hard floor, high pressure inflatable keel
design that might handle similarly to a RIB and that is my question.
OK, again I know and agree that for the same size a RIB is better. But what about two dinks of the same weight, which is better? I do not believe that RIBs are always
better. After a certain point is just isn't so. I would take on any RIB up to at least 12' maybe 14' with the 17' aluminum
and carry bigger load, go faster and ride drier than the RIB. So what about a 9' RIB vs the 11' hard floor non-RIB?