thanks for replies. i bought this boat because last year, i was working on the island of scarp, in the outer hebrides. the sound of scarp is haunting, beautiful, but if there's owt of a westerly it's a total bugger to land at huisnis. we were relying on a 14' ally bathtub (sorry, boat) with a 25hp yam,(which ran at best on 1 cyl, if at all) tho occasionally the other one cut in and near tipped ye out the back etc. was dissatisfied with boating experience,resolved better boat nesccessary.now have mako and caesar hulls, had to buy whole nother boat to get 50 tohatsu,are they so like rocking horse droppings? upshot is, probably not going back to that job, goin workin in france, 200 miles from the sea! why is life like that? got about a million questions,reading this forum answers 99%, wondering at mo bout that stuff you put in yr tubes that seals leaks,etc anyways,best wishes all,am going to be disgracing the east coast (of yorkshire) about mid april, in the hope of getting me boat wet!