Originally Posted by NemesisUK
I think the rule of thumb from everyone I asked was get the biggest you can manage.
I think that is good advice; I don't think I've ever heard anyone say they wished they had a smaller boat or engine - but sometimes small easy to launch boats get used more. The biggest you can manage will be determined by lots of things:
- where you plan to store it
- how you plan to transport it
- how you plan to launch it
- your age / fitness etc
- what you can afford
Bear in mind that if you don't have one, a tow bar is not a trivial cost in the total cost of used SIB purchasing. £2k would get you a lot of used SIB though - stuff in this sort of range (Scottish SIB outing 2015 by the Gurnard
) which would give you scope for much longer trips further from the shore etc.
If you do go smaller then I think willk's comment that a 2.3 is not much better than a set of oars is fair - and should probably give you an idea about how far from shore and the sort of conditions you'd want to go out in. I also predict that within a few years you'll be looking to upgrade!