I'm intrigued by the concept
of a folding Rib
. We're on an IP 40 and the only place on deck
with enough space to store a RIB
work is the foredeck and storing a boat there renders the staysail useless. We chose a cutter
to allow for the flexibility of a staysail so are not crazy about this option.
We do have decent davits
and they're great while they where great for Island hoping wouldn't really consider them for use on a passage
. We're eventually planning to add an arch with higher davits
but really just want them for convenience of daily storage
and short hops.
What I like about the F-RIB (Foldable RIB) concept
is that when it comes time to make that passage
, the hull
folds down pretty compact
of the unpacking process. While I'm sure this isn't something we'd want to do on a regular basis, I really like the idea of being able to store the RIB on a smaller space when needed. We'll be relying on a liferaft
so don't see a need to quickly deploy the dinghy
until we get where we're going and then we'd keep it deployed until heading offshore again, so folding and unfolding would be rare.
We're currently using a crappy inflatable
and know we don't want to go this route
long-term though I'm sure it will get us by until we get closer to departure. Since this is still one of the ?'s we've yet to nail down I'm hoping there might be a few folks here with actual first hand experience they can share. I'm currently thinking the 360
but we're still a couple years away from buying
a new dinghy
, just like the concept so far.