Is getting to some spot 5 miles away important to you? If so then a big RIB
with a big motor
will do the trick.
Our Leopard 40
came with a 10 foot CaribE RIB and a 6hp yamaha outboard
. Love the little motor
, hate RIBs. I will say I am biased when it comes to dinks. The thought of having to retube one every 5 - 7 years is a major turn off. The weight of them except of course the air floors models makes it difficult for my wife to get on the davits
by herself if I'm not around the dink sits in the water
most of the time. Add the fact that they often leak just tipped the scales in a differant direction for me. My choice is a 10 foot PortaBote altho My 12 footer would fit ok to on this boat and even better on yours My reasons for chosing the Porta Bote are simple
1. We spend alot of time offshore
and sometimes the gulfstream gets lumpy. I dont want a dinghy on the davits
especially in large following seas. I fold up the Porta and lash it to the front of the davits and no more following sea worries.
2. Weight. With the motor still on the Porta plus fuel
it weighs less than 150 pounds. My wife can hoist it herself. The Caribe weighed over 220 pounds.
3 My 12 year old Porta Bote still functions fine. It looks a little rough but I could clean it up with some elbow
grease. It has been run up on rocks. Baked in the tropical sun, completley swamped etc etc etc. It doesnt care.
4 there is a ton more room in a Porta than in your typical RIB. That means less trips to the dock
to get the rest of the groceries.
Of course there are downsides.
As mentioned above it can be swamped and in that case the motor is going to get wet so,its not as forgiving of operator error as a RIB.
You have to assembel it after a crossing.
You have to have room to store the seats In the Leopard 40
or 44 it isnt a problem
The floor feels wierd and the boat feels more tippy. Its not more tippy really but because the floor is soft your standing up ballance wont be as good as it is in an RIB. You can however move all the way to the outside and the boat wont capsize
without some extrordinary effort on your part or large waves or swells hitting the light side of the boat.
Dd I mention its ugly? It will grow on you though.
Hope this helps