Originally Posted by adam1234
Yes I did consider a Quicksilver, but I believe the 430 will only take a 30hp, the Excel will take a 40hp.
I'm a novice at this, so may be wrong.
I would be very careful about simply going by the maximum hp as specified by the manufacturer. Some manufacturer will list maximum hp ratings that are extremely optimistic relative to the build quality & sturdiness of their boats, while other manufacturers are much more conservative in their maximum hp ratings. I had a look on both the excel and quicksilver sites, and it looks like the 4.3 m boats are similarly priced. I know that it is hard to tell from website pictures, but the pictures of the 4.3 on the excel site did not look very impressive. I haven't seen the excels in person, but I have seen the quicksilvers, and their build quality is at least as good as the leisure grade zodiacs for alot less money.
What I'd suggest is to make sure you personally inspect (and ideally seatrial) both of these boats before putting any money down on one. Look for things like transom thickness, and how the transom is attached to the main sponsons. Specifically, at the various layers of directional reinforcing fabric layups between the transom and the main sponsons.
Also keep in mind that the quicksilver 4.3 is also available in hypalon (as well as PVC). The excel website made no mention of hypalon availability. If the option to upgrade to hypalon is reasonable (i.e less than a 50% increase in price), it is a no-brainer.