Stoo: Yes, this boat is our build. We started with some requests for deep vee hulled RIBs about 5m long last year and put pencil to paper. The plug and mold were made over the winter and I have been busy building boats all summer. We do our own GRP and tube work in house. The arrangement shown in the photos went for around $20k. That included the 40hp ETEC (this one was new, old stock), bunk trailer with roller jack, 1670 dtex tube fabric, nav. lights, battery, 5 chamber tube, choice of console and seating, electric bilge pump, below deck cable routing, lifting points, towing eyes, paddles, inflation pump and repair kit. I hope that gives you an idea on what we do. If you friend has some ideas in mind for a boat we would be happy to prepare a quote.
PT: Thank you! I was "seriously chuffed" when we trialled this boat earlier this year. She lands quite softly and throws the spray down and away. Just what we wanted. This pic of the wet sanded plug gives you an idea why.