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Re: Looking for Beachable, Fast Dinghy for 4 People
Michael, it sounds like you want a military-grade assault RIB or something with a steel bottom, and I suspect you wouldn't be willing to pay for it if you could find one.
It is all well and good to want something, but first ask yourself if it exists.
There are plenty of inflateables that will not hog when loaded. That will plane when four people are on board, assuming the right engine and putting the people in the right balance. They'll bounce off rocks about as well as anything else, but NOTHING can be repeatedly slammed into rocks without taking some damage.
Pulled up on a gravel shore? No problem. Pounding into rocks? Nice concept, that's a piton, not a boat.
Sometimes you just have to realize the limits of engineering and budget, and understand that there often IS no suitable place to bring a dinghy ashore.