You are right, very different boats so I need to sort out what I want the boat for!
The initial plan was a project to build a fast RIB that I could "maybe" use for the Cowes - Poole - Cowes in 2017/18.
Having spoken to a few people now it is clear this is a silly idea as I like my gadgets which will not only add weight but also get beaten to bits!
So I think I will hold out now for a R8 to come available and refinish similar to this one:
Or I will see if I Cougar are willing to make a R8 Hull and Deck...
I know Airship make and sell the under license in the US and the have a dealer in Norway, the price for a decent spec is: 158 000.- Euros
The have a secondhand one for: 89 000 – 85 000 Euros
FINN â€“ Airship Ribs