Advice for robust runabout
I'm looking at buying a SIB or a rigid polypropylene RIB - lookalike for use as both a general runabout and a tender to an angling boat on a fixed mooring.
I've been looking at what's about, and have narrowed it down to either a 3.8 or 4m SIB or something like the Sparfel 3.90 or Steady 400 polypropylene RIB-style boats.
I live about 200m from the sea, and have a couple of possible locations where I could drag the boat up and down a smooth shingle beach for launching and retrieving. So what I'm looking for is a boat that:
1. Is light enough to launch/retrieve single handed - without a trailer, although I might run to a small launching trolley.
2. Is tough enough for dragging it up and down a smooth stony beach without killing it in short order.
I intend to use it both as a tender, and a general runabout for exploring the local sheltered coastline and doing a bit of casual fishing, so it will need to be a Cat C design, suitable for at least 3 adults.
I won't need to go anywhere particularly fast, and I have a 5HP Honda going spare, so engine-wise I was planning to use that - at least to start with. I can see myself upgrading to something like a 20HP in the near future if I get on well with the boat.
...and as this is going to be a second boat and pretty much a knockabout, I don't want to break the bank - I'd like to keep it below £1.5K if possible.
So far I've looked at the Honwave Aluminium floor SIBs, Quicksilver and Avon SIBS, and the Steady 400 polypropylene boat. Initial thoughts are that the Steady 400 is probably too heavy to launch single handed, but it looks bomb proof.
Any suggestions or comments welcome, I'm new to SIBs and RIBs but not to boating. Anything else I should be considering?
Thanks in advance,