This is all great stuff. As a long time diver, I am aware of the strategy of pulling the gear
off prior to entering but I would like to at least try (in safe waters) to come up with a way to enter the boat even with the gear
Pool noodles as additional flotation and as fenders - now why didn't I think of that?
Small air flotation bags - another great idea. I heard some folks cover the seats with some sunbrella fabric
- a lighter color would help and it would be easy to recover.
I really like hearing the gaskets have never failed - I hear the new integral folding transom is working pretty well, as well.
I am not a speed demon (remember, I am sailing a heavy displacement
old fashioned sailing vessel) but I also don't like the idea of lugging around some huge 15 - 25 hp RIB engine
either. And the carrying capacity is really amazing. Probably would get the 12'. That seems quite manageable. I just have to find out where to tie it since I won't likely install lifelines
Did anyone look at the sailing rig they are now advertising? I think I would pass on that. But the ladder accessory looks good. Can't get an RIB
for anywhere near the price
and no tubes to puncture or repair.
Thank you all for chiming in. Very helpful information.