You never know what crops up when you start talking. I have got into other businesses through even less comments than this exchange.
In reality, besides enjoying myself enormously (as I love talking about boats), I am learning from people's advice. And many of these valuable comments made on these forums by knowledgeable people kind enough to share their experiences are important in helping me to choose.
For example, I can now categorically say that am looking for a
7.5 or 8.0 or 8+ rib, one engine ( and auxiliary), cabin or canopied.
I am still negotiating with people re. used and new boats and am still waiting for info from some.
The things above, however, are pretty well fixed.
What is not fixed yet is the final decisions as to the make of the rib and a couple of other technical aspects which I am still exploring and thinking about, albeit things are now pretty clear in my mind.
I should like to get a boat for next week, but I have seen that people take time to send info, etc., and this has to be digested and thought about. Who knows, however, if the right boat crops up, I'll go for it at once.
And that, Malthouse, is the state of play at the moment. I am, as they say, working on it.
Thanks for replying to my thread.