OK there are a few options on the table now, some second hand and some new. Nothing ruled out yet, and I do love Vipermaxes
Of the new options, I have some very interesting quotes from Humber and Ribcraft. XS has been ruled out because, well, if the sums stack up to mean I have that much money it will cover the Ribcraft 585 or one of the Vmaxes.
Looking specifically at the Humber option (because it's the best value new one) - in practical seaworthiness terms is there a lot of difference between the 5.5m and the 5.8m Destroyers? Strikes me that it's only a foot of boat so I wonder how much difference there is in choppy F4-F5 type conditions. Obviously the 5.8 will be better but how much?
I know the general logic says buy the biggest boat you can afford but the counter argument is that one of the things that controls the amount of ribbing I do is the operating cost, and so a smaller and cheaper to operate boat would probably mean I used it more and enjoyed it more, plus it would be easier to handle and easier to fit under cover if I needed to work on it. If there was a 5% difference in comfort I could live with it, if it was 25% I probably couldn't.
Any thoughts from those who might have tried both sizes please?