Boaters who are shopping for a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) have plenty of configurations and options to choose from. When it comes to the hull of a RIB, there are really three main materials being used by boat makers. The first is roto-molded plastic (polypropylene) , which is lesser used. The other two materials dominate the RIB market; fiberglass and aluminum.
In some cases, choosing between materials is based on personal circumstances. So before we discuss some of the differences, what’s even more important is learning about how the vessel is going to be used, or what kind of conditions will it need to handle regularly.