I just upgraded to a new Achilles 9'2" RIB mated with a 9.8hp Tohatsu...from a 10' Avon Inflatable Floor and 2hp Honda and love the new one, and the Achilles is such a better boat than the Avon...NEVER will I buy another Avon...POS!
It will plane easily with just me, pretty easily with me & my wife, but has difficulty planning with me, wife, and two young kids. I wanted a shorter dingy so it would fit better on our davit and boat, and it does. However I probably should have gone with the 10' RIB and a 15hp
. For now though considering where we are and what we do now this one works fantastic. I also installed a Forespar Engine lift, a must, now way are you going to lift a 80# engine on your own (BTW, I was disappointed that the engine lift came with a single block and not a double, I just replaced the block and of course it so easy to lift now its silly)
I am looking at adding a fin to the engine to help with planning or maybe tabs on the dingy itself? I'll let you know if I see any improvement ;-)
You should be prepared to drop some bucks though:
Davit = Garhauer $800.00 Garhauer Marine Hardware -1316289
Engine Lift = Forespar $500 Nova Lift
Dingy = Achilles $3000 Rigid Hull Inflatable (RIB) 9' 2"
Engine = Tohatsu $1700 9.8 HP 4-Stroke
Boat Cover = Taylor $100.00 Taylor Made Products 2010 Product Catalog
$7000 + other incidentals
If you cant store the RIB on deck then get a inflatable floor (my boat neighbor had to do this because of his baby stay), but if you are going to do davits and want to plane then get a RIB, no question!
And no, I don't see how you can use the davit to lift the engine unless it mounted way high? What kind of boat?