First, if this is in the wrong subforum, mods please move it to where it belongs. But since this is a question specifically for those out there with kids
(and pets) this was my best guess for location.
I've been lurking on this forum for about a year now planning our change in lattitude. One question I've not seen answered (and probably I'm just not searching for the right keywords) is: What size RIB/motor would be preferable for a family
of 4 plus a 55lb dog?
Husband/wife early 30s, I'm 6'3 she's 5'6
aged 8 and 5, tall for their age
We're not fitness models but we're not couch potatoes, no weight or mobility issues.
: We're starting out poking around the Bahamas
, then headed south and eventually way west as the kids get a bit older.
Need a RIB
for frequent use exploring and ferrying family
(plus supplies or dog- not likely both at once) to/from boat anchored out. Boat is yet to be finalized, but will likely be in the age/range of Pearson 365
Mistress, meaning 36-40' but not particularly beamy by modern standards. RIB
needs to fit on davits
for day to day, but fit on foredeck for passages.
I don't want any excess bells and whistles, but I want a tough dingy and would rather pay a bit more once than go cheap
and settle for aggravation over time. That being said I'm assuming I'm looking at AL floor and Hypalon tubes. $5-7k is the reasonable max budget
for RIB plus motor
. Less $ is better but if there's a bump in quality that's usually worth it. Planing ability preferable but not absolutely required.
Biggest question is what size am I looking at? Going just by weight capacities it looks like 10' or so but looking for advice from those with first hand experience. Thinking motor
would need to be at least 15hp to have any chance of planing but don't want to go over 20hp or I'll be the only one who can load/unload the thing. 2 stroke
vs 4 stroke
I don't really care, with a very slight bias towards 4 stroke
Second question is what brands of dinghy/motor combo would you recommend? I know most of the big brands for both but still would like to hear positive and negative comments on specifics. Time frame for checking out is 12-18 months, so only looking at current
Thanks in advance for your help, this site has proved to be an excellent resource thus far.