Originally Posted by _monkey
Thanks for your advice Richard.
I've been looking for a suitable Futura for a while now; there seems to be lots around the 2000 / 2004 age, but very little that is newer. I am not sure if it is because people stopped buying them or the glue in the 2000/2004 boats is starting to fail and people are getting out of them?
With the financial recession around the mid 2000s, people stopped buying as many boats, so you will not see as many around ~2007 or so.
If you can get a fairly fresh one, you'll get many years of service out of it.
Originally Posted by stevo
a 50hp four stroke on a sib no thanks, rather have a 25hp 2stroke.
It's a lot of fun on flat water with a light load! Propped with a high pitch or cleaver prop, you'd be looking at a 40+ mph boat. Not bad for a 15 ft SIB.
Great for divers too, thanks to the extra torque... prop it down, and it'll cruise at ~25 mph comfortably with a heavy load.