Stuart,You can only learn from others as your own experiance will always be very small in the world of boats and ribs.
I dont need to own a yanmar to know about there leg problems and head problems,I dont need to own a cat jet drive unit to know about the power losses with a jet and there costs and weight as I have reserched it before making my decisions as I have actualy spent my own money.
When you spend your own money on a new boat you learn from others who have themselves made mstakes as its impossible to own every boat/engine in the market place,So you then can have a oppinion on it ,based on others experiance and your own,as only you can judge weather the guy your talking to knows his onions or not.
Wavehumper I am sorry but you see things from your own experiance which is very small in the world of ribs or boats in my oppinon as I believe you dont even own the second hand Cat rib your talkng about but own half.
From what I have seen,You pootle round the Solent,with things That need fixing off every boat I have seen.
Sorry mate,your too risky to lsten to if your serious about spending in exess of 30 k on your own boat and engine.
You have said about KAD 300 problems with head gaskets and pistons ect and there problems can you point me in this direction or again is this just something you have read about or hearsay?.
You will be telling us next about all you Nautical experiance gained on the solent,but we both know its down to how you nterpret situations on the sea that gve you experiance.
Lets not fall out though as your a real good laugh in the flesh.