Originally Posted by Polwart
depends what you want / want to spend. Roughly £50 gets you an auto with leg straps if you shop around. But if you want something really comfortable that will work well with heavy waterproofs etc and a hood and looks the business then you could be paying 4x that!
I could be a bit controversiaial here and suggest if you've been sailing lasers, presumably you have a bouyancy aid?
As for the fuel, yes you can go miles on a small engine (Rhu - Tignabruach & back with my old SR4 / Sus 25), but if you get swamped & the tank is "poisoned", for the money a second tank will cost .... Even if it;s just a 20L that you park under the seat. Two hulk 30L tanks will sit happily between the transom braces. Granted they wipe out your entire rear deck space......
It depends what you're doing. If it's all rescue boat for dinghies stuff , the deck space will be infinitely more useful than an extra 20L of fuel. Alternatively, if you are cruising, spare fuel has it's advantages but you'll be at the helpm for 99% iof the trip, so the rear deck might as well not be there... and if you are cruising, it's more fun to go "in company" so then you have a second boat as backup...... I didn't have an aux for nearly 2 years, but was always out with another rib or playing rescue boat, so didn't need one.
One thing is for sure. Once you've got the boat, your "needs list" will change as you use it for different things.