RIB or not

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by sarbog, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. sarbog

    sarbog Member

    135
    Aug 22, 2008
    Emerald Isle NC
    '05 340 Sundancer
    Garmin 7610xsv
    1951 Penn Yan 9' Aerodinghy/2018 AB 9vl w/ 15 hp Evinrude 2-strk
    Twin 8.1 Horizons v-drives
    I am scouring the internet for used dinghys. Many more inflatable keel than RIB (if I can even find one in my area). For those of you that have them, do I really need a RIB? It will go on the back of a 340 on davits so I want to keep it 9'6" or less and lite. I don't need to hot rod around, in fact even planing isn't a necessity for my usage: getting to and from the beach from anchorage or to the dock. In other words overwhelmingly short 1-200 yard trips with up to 4 adults and maybe a dog. years ago when I lived in Hawaii I had a 12' Nouvarania(?) with a 25hp 2-stroke. It had an air keel and would fly with my neighbor and I (we were both 200'+), our diving gear and 4 tanks for diving off Oahu. We made some fairly long trips and the air keel did fine. I can save a fair bit of change going with an inflatable keel but I don't want to buy a dinghy twice, if you know what I mean. So seeking advice and input from those that have been down this road. I may ultimately buy new but I want it to be an informed decision. Thanks.
     
  2. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    We prefer a RIB. But then we will take trips of 5-10 miles on it.

    Based on how you describe using it, that it is going on a 340 (assuming fixed swim platform) - not sure the extra cost of a RIB is worth it.

    End of the day - you know what you expect to use it for.

    Mark
     
  3. Irie308

    Irie308 Member SILVER Sponsor

    725
    May 28, 2013
    CT
    Boatless and currently in search of 420 or 480 DB
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    We went with a Highfield aluminum RIB. Very happy with it. I thought the same as you at first but after making the decision to go with a RIB we wouldn't have it any other way. When you are fighting a bit of wind or current and getting splashed on the quick ride to the beach or dock becomes and uphill battle.
     
  4. sarbog

    sarbog Member

    135
    Aug 22, 2008
    Emerald Isle NC
    '05 340 Sundancer
    Garmin 7610xsv
    1951 Penn Yan 9' Aerodinghy/2018 AB 9vl w/ 15 hp Evinrude 2-strk
    Twin 8.1 Horizons v-drives
    How does the Highfield fit on your 320 and how do you carry it? My platform on the 340 is marginally bigger but comparable, and once I decide which route I'm going I then have to decide on a davit system.
     
  5. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    I have a Mercury 310 hypalon RIB fibreglass bottom on a 330. I think it's great but I used it for fishing once anchored and run some distance so the bow deadrise makes it smoother in chop. It is heavy compared to a high pressure air bottom though. Sounds like you are using it for short hops so may not need that feature.
     
  6. Irie308

    Irie308 Member SILVER Sponsor

    725
    May 28, 2013
    CT
    Boatless and currently in search of 420 or 480 DB
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    We went with a 9,6" mounted on davits with an 8 HP tohatsu. Here's a few pics. Fits perfectly.
     

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  7. be_prepared

    be_prepared Member GOLD Sponsor

    232
    Oct 12, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2002 Sea Ray Sundancer 340DA
    Twin Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 inboards
    Highfields CL 290 on a 340DA: (I put this on another post with more detail recently about davits, you might want to poke around there too)

    IMG_20170521_115453240.jpg

    IMG_20170521_064320860_HDR.jpg
     
  8. Bop

    Bop Member

    240
    Sep 3, 2013
    Georgian Bay/Lake Huron
    2001 410 Express, Highfield DL350 w/40hp Yamaha
    Cat 3126
    Can't go wrong with highfield. I'm on my second one and couldn't be happier. Almost everyone on my dock has one too.
    [​IMG]


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  9. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    537
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    A few cliche's for you to think about - better to have and not need than need and not have. There is no replacement for displacement.


    I have an air keel with a 6hp, figuring I would only run to/from the beach. One long trip (1nm) convinced me otherwise when the tide was going out and I was trying to get back in with my family.

    I switched to a RIB and a 9.9 then a 15hp. It's saved my butt more than once. I've used it to unground me as well as to travel 10+nm to other islands in the Bahamas.

    My kids are now using it to tow a kneeboard
     
  10. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    If you want an inflatable keel dinghy, I'll sell you mine. It's not 3 years old yet and I hate it. Seeing a 1-foot wave coming makes me cringe. Full throttle on my 9.9 tightens sphincters I didn't know I had.

    My previous dinghy was an Avon with a roll-up floor. It rode like a living room rug, but I could deflate / inflate it in minutes. The 4-piece plywood floor in my new one is a nightmare. The next time I have to assemble it I might just hire it out. (that's if the plywood is still intact 11 months from now - I doubt it will be)

    Thanks for the opportunity to rant!
     
  11. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Active Member

    789
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    Achilles LEX 96 here with inflatable keel and sectional ply floor. Two years on and still very happy with it. Can't say I have any dramas putting it together - 10 to 15 mins and it's together and inflated. I mainly use it to go from moorings to the beach on coastal trips or around the local marina during holidays. Horses for courses.

    An old Practical Sailor review of inflatables.

    https://www.practical-sailor.com/issues/26_23/features/4459-1.html
     
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  12. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    You are my hero! My son can never see this thread, once he sees that we can get that and a lift on our boat I will never hear the end of it!!! As soon as I trip over $40K I'll add the lift and that tender. Seriously that is a tender not a dinghy, LOL!!! But the wife dictates that we add your camper canvas first!!!

    Nice work!!
     
  13. Bop

    Bop Member

    240
    Sep 3, 2013
    Georgian Bay/Lake Huron
    2001 410 Express, Highfield DL350 w/40hp Yamaha
    Cat 3126
    Lol thanks.


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  14. yv1

    yv1 Member

    50
    Jul 11, 2016
    Wilmington NC
    340SD, 2003-2008
    8.1s
    SARBOG: I've been working on this dinghy issue for a while. I have a 2004 340. (I'm in Raleigh but my boat is in Wilmington). I tried Weaver Snap Davits raised platform and Outboard Motosto. It didn't work very well for me. I end up with Dinghyramps. You lose the platform space but no motor removal. I have a West Marine 310 RIB with a 9.9 Mercury. With ramps it's very easy to dump and retrieve with two people. But heavy for one person retrieve. Boat and motor are about 190 LBS
    I just bought a Mercury Dynamic 270 with a Yamaha 6HP. Much lighter (140 LBS), I think I'll be able to retrieve this boat myself. If this RIB works better I'll sell the old WM 310 and 9.9 Merc. Both RIBs are 5.11 Beam. Nothing over 6 beam will work on ramps in a 340. Both RIB are 4 people about 900LBS capacity. I'm able to plane 3 people with the 9.9 HP.
    There is a lot to talk about the different set ups. PM me if you want to talk longer about it. I can also txt you pics of my boat with the dinghy on. I have both RIBs here in Raleigh now if you want to see them.
    BTW all soft bottom with wood transom are not very good. Poor performance. They only last 3-5 years. The roll up are better option if you want a soft boat.
     
  15. mmcguire2002

    mmcguire2002 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    547
    Mar 3, 2008
    MDR, CA
    2003.5 Sea Ray 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons
    I've been through several dinghy's over the years with my 340. I made the mistake of buying lower end dinghies that were not hypalon. I also tried engines from 4hp to 9.8. I now have a light weight (100 lbs.) Achilles inflatable RIB made of Hypalon and a torqeedo electric outboard. I use it to do short dinghy rides around the harbor and to get to and from shore. It's the ideal set up for me. Light enough I can pull it up on the davits solo (the 340 I have is a high swim platform) and the torqeedo has been bullet proof for several seasons and is the equivalent of a 3.5 horsepower engine. I'm very happy with the setup for my use. I do have a dinghy cover for when the boat is docked. Going on the 4th season now with this set up...
     
  16. almostenuff

    almostenuff Member

    477
    Sep 18, 2010
    Cape Coral, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 390 Sundancer
    2002 SeaSwirl 2301 WA
    T-380 Cummins
    F225 Yamaha
    I've been debating purchasing a RIB for years, but continue to do fine without one. Your setup sounds perfect. What models did you buy?


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  17. mmcguire2002

    mmcguire2002 Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    547
    Mar 3, 2008
    MDR, CA
    2003.5 Sea Ray 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons
    I went with the Achilles HB-300FX and a torqeedo 1003. If you just troll to and from shore and around the harbor, this is a great set up. The torqeedo let's you know how much longer you can go distance wise, based on how fast you are going and battery burn. On longer stays on the boat, I just take the battery off and charge it over night. For a long weekend, I can usually last on one full charge.
     
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  18. yv1

    yv1 Member

    50
    Jul 11, 2016
    Wilmington NC
    340SD, 2003-2008
    8.1s
    20170529_083927.jpg
    My old set up.
     
  19. yv1

    yv1 Member

    50
    Jul 11, 2016
    Wilmington NC
    340SD, 2003-2008
    8.1s
    20170529_084001.jpg

    Side view.
     

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