I found they had put the petrol up 3ppl to 43pl!!!
If only ... !
Another thought, Lee: Do you know if the Channel Islands are likely to be sucked into the diesel price hikes that might be coming to the "mainland" in 2006?
If not and the boat is large enough, I guess it would be worth considering.
I had the good fortune to join Richard B on "Blue Ice" last weekend, when "Spirit of Portsmouth" returned. It was interesting to see how the 8.5 mtr boats handled the "chop" created by 30 or more RIBs cruising up the Solent. The 7.5s seemed to do pretty well too!
If an 8.5'ish boat is viable, I think it should allow you to put a more substantial diesel on the boat. Although this would obviously add to the overall weight, relative to a large petrol outboard, I imagine that you would get good performance from a 300HP+ and the weight would be well distributed, low down in the boat.
No doubt there are many people on RIBnet who could verify my comments, based on experience of their own boats.
Good luck with your choice!