Originally Posted by Max...
You could go down that route (ie buying a brand new generic, badged, Chinese made lesser known make and then find a separate engine) but that would ignore all the advice regarding best value/lack of depreciation/quality etc...
Be sure to check out the numerous other topics on the exact same subject over the past years in this forum including the hundreds of discussions on 'airfloor vs solid floor' and which one may suit you best.
We have owned an excell 290 for 10 years one of the very first imported and it has been used and abused on beaches during caravan hols with the kids then used as a tender to our cruiser
Not loved it left it lying on the foredeck for weeks and stuffed it in its bag unwashed over winter
It still looks good with no leaks and no dodgey seams
Only just replaced it with a ribeye aluminum hulled rib cos its lighter
So any one who knocks one doesnt know what they are like
Every bit as good as the 'better' known makes imho
If you want new shiney and cheap id reccomend one