Yes, Tiger sharks navigator has decided to enter the narrative world, but I will not try and compete with Vernon's wordsmith skills! Not that I usually listen as Iím always staring at the back of his head!
As for the sea rider, I purchased an ex naval 5.4 version just over a year ago. I had the similar reservations, "how hard has it been worked?" how many beaches has it been jammed into?" However on receiving my now pride and joy I have been nothing but cuffed to pieces!
The truth in my mind is that the navy have the time and resources to insure that the boats are maintained and serviced every time the things are used. The boat is approximately 12 years old (but could be more) and shows no sign of structural hull depravation. Although I am having that transom bracket made, best to be safe. My tubes will probably become redundant at the end of this season, but again this does not sadden me as I have learnt to scrape this old set before I go for the Gucci set! The engine was not a navel addition a 5-year-old mariner 90,so therefore could not comment!
The only problem I have found is the seating is very low which means I end up crouching over the wheel, which can cause discomfort over length of time. I intend to raise the seat height and add backrest ASAP.
Hope that helps, If it looks and feels good I'd go for it, the best fun you can have with your clothes on! But as for your question of how long does a GRP hull last havent got a clue!
[This message has been edited by Grey C (edited 01 August 2001).]