I'm looking for an inflatable boat with a hp rating of 15hp to 20hp and 4 to 5 person capacity,
You appear to be looking at 9 1/2' (approx) boats which are rated for 4 people and a 15 hp. Is your larger boat a WellCraft 26? Do you want to use this as a dinghy
? What are the logistics of towing it, vs rolling up if as a dinghy?
I have used inflatables for over 57 years. Only one was a RIB
. It was an Avon
12 1/2', with a bow compartment, double hull and rated for a 25 hp. We winched it over the stern on a trailer
roller/SS 1" solid stock and onto a cradle
on the aft deck
. We needed the 25 hp if we had 4 people and dive gear
I wonder if 15 hp and 5 people (or even 4) will plane the 9 1/2' RIB
? Currently I have a 9 1/2 Avon (PVC), air floor, which I have owned for over 15 years--I keep it rolled up between uses and have a single
davit to hoist it onto the roof of the 25' pilot house boat I use for cruising currently. I think that 5 would be crowded in a 9 1/2' boat. This boat has been used 2 months out of the year, with 3x a day trips to the shore--and still in good shape. Mostly in the salt
water/sand beaches of FL, and rivers/ lakes all over the USA.
My experience with the RIB was in Alaska
for 4 years at least 3x a day for 6 months out of the year taking dogs
ashore. Then a trip down the coast and thru the canal
, too Pensacola
. Often there were oyster
shells, rocks etc. At the end of each season, I put another layer of sacrificial mat with epoxy
and over coated with epoxy/aluminum flakes to cover any wear just at the "V" of the bow. The boat was probably over 25 years old when I sold
it--and still in good shape.