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I have had a roll-up Zodiac, Avon Rib, and now a Avon HPIB.
They are "ok". We keep ours on davits. It performs "OK" compared to a RIB, but MUCH MUCH better than a roll-up. You will need to get an engine on the top side of the spec's for good performance and to really pop you out of the water with gear or people.
If you are cruising, the tender will be your most used and abused piece of equipment... period!!!! The RIB is BY FAR the best, but it has serious issues too. First, it is so heavy that you are not getting it on your boat easily. Davits help (and are argueably a neccessity)... but even with a large purchase it is a strain. You can keep it on the davits offshore, but you better watch your weather pretty close. I won't go too much into an explanation on this on this thread as it has been well covered before, but if you get pooped you can loose the dink (and a nice bit of damage) and if you tow it you can lose the dink. Many people put them on the deck (the best choice)... but that is a serious pain in the butt and a good breaker will still play havoc on them. Also, towing it, you will drop about a knot.
The HPIB does not perform nearly as well, will not take the beaching as well, but it sure is a lot easier to put on davits, stow on deck, and tow behind. It still will run with the seas, but does not jerk as hard because it is not as heavy. The HPIB was our choice... but honestly, the jury is still out and I may go ahead and buy another RIB. I have two dogs, two kids, and a wife... and that really is a bunch for a HPIB. It does not plane out very easily when loaded... but I only have a 6 on there. I may try upgrading the engine first. Other than that, I have had no issues.
I know that was a lot of information, but I hope that helps. You can write back or PM me with any other questions.
PS As far as a roll-up, I would never own one again. HPIB is much better.