Originally Posted by TomHildebrandt
and can be used as a life boat/raft
Yes, but would you trust that this craft would not be rolled in heavy seas? While a life-raft is also not ideal as they do have reliability problems; they do have ballast bags beneath the floor on most well made models that help prevent them from being rolled or blown over. In direct comparison to a RIB I would say it is probably equivalent or a bit better but not in comparison to a well made liferaft for that application.