I'd like a Vmax if cost was no object but like most folks I don't have a bottomless wallet
I sent Jono an email when I first started this thread, no reply as yet! A couple of the aforementioned second hand ones are still on the possible list but I am a bit of a fair weather ribber I suppose.
The merits of new versus used are something I have been pondering. As you correctly suggest, most RIB warranties are "back to base" with some like XS saying that they will absolutely not pay for third party labour costs - so that's as much use as a chocolate fireguard (but at least they are honest about it). So a nearly new option which has had any bugs ironed out might be a good idea, but I suppose I have an inherent pessimism about buying anything used that I've not had the chance to poke around, regardless of what it is, probably a by product of dealing in vehicles for a living I guess - no offence meant to the folks who have sent me info so far.
The other reason I quite like the idea of another Destroyer is that I don't know how I would get on launching and recovering single handed in our (windy) conditions with a roller trailer - I have been thinking about this and think it could be very hard but I've no experience of roller trailers beyond seeing that it takes six military divers longer to recover their rib onto a roller trailer than it does me to recover mine solo.
With the big old trailer I have at the moment, full length keel support and two bloody great big bunks, I chuck it in deep water, wallop the boat on with a bit of speed (2-3 knots I guess) so it runs up far enough to be secure and then climb out over the drawbar and sort out the winching side of things safe in the knowledge that the boat won't go anywhere even if it's quite breezy. I can't really see how I could do that with a roller trailer (it would probably bend the trailer, and even if it didn't the boat might roll off again!).
Apart from the Destroyer most of the others have several hull chines, which wouldn't lend themselves to the design of bunk trailer that works well with the Destroyer as I suspect you'd end up busting the chines on the trailer bunks - it doesn't always land square if you've got a strong crosswind. I'm a bit blind here as to how much of a problem it would be - but I think the Destroyer is better suited to it than the others and easy launch and recovery solo is definitely part of the requirement.