Originally Posted by ickleric
I am thinking of buying a RIB or maybe a speedboat. If i do i only have maybe £3k to play with.
1). What sort of training or qualifications do you need in order to go out to sea?
2). Can you go out solo to sea, or do you have to make sure at least 2 of you?
3). What equipment do you have to have?
4). Do you think a RIB is better choice than a speed boat?
5). What sort of cost is insurance?
I have to say I am pretty new to this game but last year I bought a Bombard 380 Aerotec complete with everything (15Hp, Trailer, Anchor, Flares etc) for less than 3K (have a look on ebay there will be lots of similar)
I had no formal tuition but used loads of common sense.
Had the best family holiday ever down in Swanage took the boat out every day (just about). Tried my hand a fishing (hopeless).
I bought the boat at a price that meant if I didn't really get much fun out of it I coudl sell it on.
I had loads of fun, part of the fun is learning !
Clearly stayed withing site of land at all times, bought decent boyancy aid jacket things, took spare fuel and 2 mobiles (one in a waterproof bag).
Also bought a big waterproof duffle back to stick dry warm clothes in....
I have now uprgade to a bigger boat, cannot wait to get it on the water again. Selling the "learner boat" on ebay and can honestly say that I have really had a load fun getting into this activity
Loads more to learn and I am almost certin to go on a 2 day lever 2 course.
Rib net has been a tremendous source of help throughout....