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post #10 of Old 12-14-2010
padean
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RIB vs Rigid with collar

Bought a real RIB summer before last after struggling with an older rigid boat with collar (Walker Bay) for a year. Although the Walker Bay was easy to use, it felt VERY uncomfortable in rough seas, or even heavy chop, and rocked much more than a true RIB.

I choose the Brigg model over several other and have been very happy with my choice, but it all comes down to need and preference. I really wanted a fiberglass bottom, not plastic, and was willing to forgo the convenience of a folding bottom for the stability under speed and comfort of a solid v-hull. I am glad for the slightly heavier weight when the water gets rough or the ride is long.

As stated many times above, it all depends on your intended use. I really enjoyed the Walker Bay in the marina for short trips, playing in the sun, or ease of use for kids.

PDean
CS 34
Saginaw Bay, Michigan
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