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Old 30 September 2011, 04:55   #11
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I think the bubble has burst in that market to be honest. Folk like Arnie at Poolside and later warriors have done well from the business by producing the very product that people wanted at the time, but with a few copiers/splashers trying to muscle in as well as a few other good lads with genuinely original designs.
Originally making small boats was a cottage industry and still can be to an extent, but you will of course need to conform with CE marking for the RCD.
To my mind the market for trailer fishing boats has withered away due to lack of surplus cash for many folk, the rape of the seabed and complete lack of anything worth fishing for in many areas, and the market is flooded with second hand boats. True- people's expectations are not what they used to be when I wrote for the boat fishing mags but they all eventually get disolusioned with catching***** doggies. 20k buys very little (in fact probably not a new small fishing boat/trailer/engine package) and I'd put m'money somewhere else accessible if need be with the current job situation. How bad is the fishing in some parts??--well we sailed at 6 am today and finished our schedule by 8:30. We are anchored up now til mid afternoon on a flat calm sea and nobody can be ***** to wet a line cos the fishing here is now so bad--and at one time these were prime early cod grounds!
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Old 30 September 2011, 05:12   #12
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I think the bubble has burst in that market to be honest. Folk like Arnie at Poolside and later warriors have done well from the business by producing the very product that people wanted at the time, but with a few copiers/splashers trying to muscle in as well as a few other good lads with genuinely original designs.
Originally making small boats was a cottage industry and still can be to an extent, but you will of course need to conform with CE marking for the RCD.
To my mind the market for trailer fishing boats has withered away due to lack of surplus cash for many folk, the rape of the seabed and complete lack of anything worth fishing for in many areas, and the market is flooded with second hand boats. True- people's expectations are not what they used to be when I wrote for the boat fishing mags but they all eventually get disolusioned with catching***** doggies. 20k buys very little (in fact probably not a new small fishing boat/trailer/engine package) and I'd put m'money somewhere else accessible if need be with the current job situation. How bad is the fishing in some parts??--well we sailed at 6 am today and finished our schedule by 8:30. We are anchored up now til mid afternoon on a flat calm sea and nobody can be ***** to wet a line cos the fishing here is now so bad--and at one time these were prime early cod grounds!

Thanks for the Advice Dave, think your right about the industry & market. Im going to wait until next year and see what that brings.

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Old 30 September 2011, 06:40   #13
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if ya want to work with boats get some stcw courses and crew in the renewable energy sector. Their boat, their outlay and a reasonable wage
Whatever you do good luck..nice to see folk who want to earn a living rather than those...............
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if ya want to work with boats get some stcw courses and crew in the renewable energy sector. Their boat, their outlay and a reasonable wage
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Thanks wavelength for the advice, its crossed my mind, Ive got a wife and 2 kids and so i wouldnt like long halls.
Ive got a few ideas to invest my money in, will have to wait and see what the next year brings.
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Old 05 January 2012, 21:14   #15
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Update - Thanks all for the advice previously, just thought I would let you all know after alot of number crunching/head scratching ive bought over a charter boat on NE of Scotland.
The skipper is retiring and an old friend of the family so worked out good.

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Old 06 January 2012, 12:43   #16
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Have you bought a RIB?
Where are you going to be based?
May see you out some time
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Im afraid its a 34ft grp fishing/wildlife charter

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Stonehaven

Good location you will be busy.

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Old 06 January 2012, 19:52   #19
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Here is the draft website im currently working on www.castlecharter.co.uk
Thanks all again for the advice along the way, and if you are every in Stonehaven give me a shout.

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Old 06 January 2012, 19:57   #20
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Nice web site..

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