Originally Posted by Lordy
I wish it were that easy Polwart - I'd feel much safer!
No, we live in London, but I haven't seen anywhere you can hire/charter these boats for a 'test drive'. I wish there was a sort of boat supermarket on sea where you could go and try a few out - it would make this whole process so much simpler!
And you're right - for this very reason I'm veering towards second-hand to try and minimalize any losses. Not very Positive Thinking, I know - even though I work at a company called Positive Thinking! - but I suspect I'm not going to find the perfect solution first time. can't fault the advice I've been getting though.
You are right it can be an expensive learning curve .
We started with a sib after selling a small yatch because that was inpractical . After a few trips into short chop it got sold for a valiant 4.9 rib which was ok but cramped and with the family in line sat behind me it wasn't much fun cruising very far .
With the same budget of 15k ish and a max size of 5.5m for storage at home etc there simply wasn't a rib out there that offered what we wanted , and I didn't want an older boat with a thirsty engine as we use it quite a bit.
I thought the bigger futura mk 3 Sib would do us as space wasn't taken up by seating and consoles but I was wrong there as it was still bad in a chop.
Hence the hard boat we now have.
I was lucky I lost very little on the ist sib and the rib for 3 seaons use and made money on the futura after a lucky buy. If you buy the right boats re sale is good and easy unlike cars . That may not be the case with the new boat we have now , but for now its right or us .