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Old 12 June 2012, 12:22   #11
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Old 13 June 2012, 11:40   #12
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Thanks for all of the advice guys, had a look at a few of the other options but still think I want to go new and most of the seating arrangements in the second hand (mainly 4 x jockey) are not really suitable for the family - new prices are well over my budget on the other options!. Still looking at the Brig 5.7 as the best option for a combination of seating arrangements and deck space.
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Old 14 June 2012, 03:53   #13
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Have a quick (well ok, maybe long) read through the forums - you will find that for the majority of users across the hundreds of combined years of experience on here, the jockey seats are FAR more comfortable than bench seats (easier to support yourself/ less back pain etc) on any sea state apart from glassy flat calm.

You may have already done this, but if you do the RYA Powerboat level 2 course then you will usually handle a range of boats and be able to decide through experience and discussions with your instructor which layouts and hull shapes would be suitable for you.

Lastly, the wisdom of a second hand hull but a new outboard is solidly based on what you need to work to get home when something breaks. If you still want a new hull, then at least ensure that you go out with a new (lower hp) auxiliary outboard which can get you home slowly.
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