just revisiting earlier posts, sound advice given there, so cheers man.
boristhebold: "Why not put toe in the water with something less capable and just go out in very easy weather and save up for something bigger. Or buy a completely shagged Rib and spend a couple of years rebuilding it.
or alternatively share the cost of a better rib with one or two others. Also lots of companies doing boat shares. And of course always the happy money lending banks. You dont want to spend a fortune or get into debt and then find you dont like boating."
(1) very few I'd trust enough to get involved in co-ownership, those I would are either skint or have no interest -even under the very best persuasive tactics, nobody wants the hassle debt no matter and can't blame them (2) going the smaller, less capable rib option is sound but would only serve to eat into hard-earned savings early on, thereby delaying potential aim of bigger purchase -old saws/perverbs everywhere today..."spend once and spend right" or "publish and be damned" or "you can lead a horse to water but you can't eat a boat", or some such. (3) wouldn't have the time or patience -never mind skill- to go for a doer-upper...this is more engine mechanics and GRP territory only, no hypalon/pvc retubing worth a damn around here.
Banks are part of the plan, unfortunately.