We are planning on retiring to Madeira and there is a 4yr waiting list for moorings for the locals so an outsider doesn't have much hope.Upsides
Fast (naturally!), punches above its weight in a rough sea, don’t need fenders
Lack of internal space for the size boat, lack of storage, can be wet, even when you’re sitting still in a chop, spray easily gets blown over the tubes. Lack of shelter - although in warmer climes that probably won’t be such an issue.
Have you thought about a centre console? They tend to be popular in warmer climes and some of the American makes offer great ride and seakeeping, and eliminate the lack of space, the lack of storage to some extent and you can still have a look above about 21ft.
If you have it on a trailer and can park it out of the sun in hot climates will help prolong its life. I find them the easiest of boats to maintain, you can simply hit the whole thing with a hose inside and out. The two that I mentioned have no timber underfloor or in the transom, so no worry of rot further down the path. The tubes on the Zodiac's have a system where you can remove or replace the tubes yourself. Repairs (if needed) can be a simple patch but they are surpassingly hard to puncher.Cheers for that, not after a rocket ship so 30knt more than fast enough.
What is the Maint regime like on a rib as I've never owned one and I don't know anyone personally who does..
There are still ribs running on the original tubes from the 2000 Sydney olympics over here. A quick search will soon reveal some very old ribs with original tubes, lets face it pvc or hypalon is basically plastic and with a little care should last many years. My daughters zodiac is 8 years old and looks like a new boat.That's fantastic, thank you for taking the time to reply. 👍
I use saltaway to wash my boat down now so that's fine. Just hosing it down sounds spot on. I keep my 730 in a Marina and it's the polishing and cleaning thats getting to be a PITA (especially with the lake district weather)
We are buying an appt with a garage and undercover storage so how long would you think tubes last with good Maint and proper storage. I didn't realise the tubes were removable - thanks for the video.
I'm not too bothered about fuel consumption but I presume its better with a rib than a hard boat.
That seat in my daughters boat is just for leaning on but Im sure it will come in handy to lean against with a big tuna etc. We had no problem at all targeting big fish, in fact I would prefer to target bigger fish from them as you can easily do so single handed. Unlike a small glass or aluminium boat the ribs have incredible stability, literally you could put six adults on one side and they barely move. Ive fought game species from directly behind the console of mine (with no seats or leaning post), this allows me to manoeuvre the boat so I can control a big fish quickly. My daughter pulled this striped marlin up pretty quickly from offshore.I've done a bit of digging and there are quite a few companies over here doing replacement tubes and it looks like roughly £6k ish for a 5m - 6m rib. I'm looking at buying new so hopefully the tubes will see me out if I look after them 😁
Fuel consumption looks good as atm I'm getting 1ltr/mile on average with my inboard diesel.
Is possible to fish using the seating and standing to fight a decent fish or are the seats just for use while underway?