Originally Posted by PeterM
I'll say it now - have a look at the Bombard 380 aerotec . It will work fine ( but slowly with a 5hp ) but can take up to a 25 if needed . So it can 'grow' with you engine/perfromance wise.
It will cost you more unless you can find a used one ( which do come up ) but they do seem to be worth the money . ( I would say that as I have one - but so do a few others on here - do a search there is loads of talk about them)
There's a reason these are so popular round here. It's because they are good. We've tried a stack of different boats between us, and they are a great all round boat. Well made, decent size, light, easy to set up and pack away. What more could you want?
This week I'm running one of mine with a 5hp on the Thames as a tender. There's plenty of space and it is more than fast enough for river use. On the sea I run a 15hp 2-stroke as I don't need the performance (or carrying aggro) of a 25hp.
I agree they aren't cheap and I certainly wouldn't want to buy new, but you should be able to find a decent used one for a reasonable price.
You don't need an expensive inflator, but they are good to have. A decent stirrup pump is about £20 and will do the job, and you can pick up a cheap electric inflator for a few quid which will take most of the effort out and you'll just need to top it off to pressure manually.