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Re: How big is your RIB?
Had to look at a pic of the G44 and see there is a raised coachroof that extends over most of the foredeck, in front of the mast. No doubt a RIB will fit up there, but perhaps it will extend off the front of the roof.
Frequently, a RIB on the foredeck destroys access. Captain's choice on whether that's acceptable.
Take some measurements from your fav RIBs and put a tape measure to your deck. Not much more to it. If you're concerned about the usefulness of your deck on passage, or the ability of your foresail to tack, you're going to have to resign to a foldable that you can store for crossings.
As for generic dinghy dimensions, I find an 8ft inflatable to be pretty small and bare minimum. One couple only and not great for exploring. 9ft is about where I would start for all around use. 10ft starts getting pretty nice for a crowd/groceries/etc, but obviously eats up deck space.
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