Originally Posted by mrsdijon
Thank you for everyone's responses so far. I really don't want to spend any more than £4-5k all in and I hoped that this might include a trailer as we'd keep it inflated through the summer months. Am open to the idea of both new and used & it would be transported as both. Kids are not confident yet and think we may have to upgrade (boat not kids) as they get bigger.We have an old LR Discovery so boot space good.
With a healthy budget and sensible vehicle the 3.5-4m sib world is there for the taking, however when looking try to remember that a vhf, flares, lifejackets etc will also be needed so don't spend it all on a base craft.
The other thing to consider would be a smallish rib? However I like the idea of learning sea craft in a smallish boat and moving up as the skills progress. Can't beat learning on a small tiller craft for sea handling, trim etc.
An RYA Level 2 would be a good course to do at some point soon as well. There are trade member son here that run them and I'm sure they'll be one not top far from you. If not you can always pop down to Plymouth one weekend and complete it there.
An odd thought for you would be to give the lucky man the course and a voucher for his birthday. Send him on the course where he can learn what does what on a boat and get some time helming one. If you speak to the supplier I'm sure they'll cover both Sib and Rib and then decide what set up you actually want, need, like.
Worst thing would be to buy the sib, go on a course, fall in love with a rib and start all over again..........
I did my course well before owning anything.