Here we go then - pics at the bottom, and ebay links below
Here's the first one - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/4M-AVON-SEARID...-/220665667543
Seller seems genuine and friendly, boat has central console so as much open deck space as possible (useful if I want dive kit onboard), has bits of kit which will get me going, has VHF and GPS so I might even know where I am and get rescued if not .... 40hp seems enough for this size boat, and it will all fit in my garage too. Wondering about something like this as a 'just get going' solution. Is not having electric start a big issue ?
No 2 - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/avon-searider-...-/150491261391
Seems simple, console again, grab rail, A frame, needs more kitting out, slightly bigger engine. Presumably reserve is below £2,000 somewhere. I'm suspicious of the metal plate on the transom, or is that normal ?
"No 3, what's your name and where are you from ?" Its http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Avon-Searider-...-/270633888992
from Liverpool (I'm an exiled scouser
This is the type with the ordinary seats. I'm guessing it'd be pretty easy to take the back ones out to leave some room for kit. Possibly better for my 8 yr old than a jockey seat type. Looks to have been either looked after or done up. Seller again seems friendly and helpful. Engine more powerful. All looks very tidy and well looked after - looks like a drive away solution with everything there. No idea what the reserve is though.
I know from my various beach buggy purchases that it takes a while to know what you're looking at and that sometimes its whats NOT said, not what is that matters. Some stuff is easier to resell too I guess.
I need to learn to spot a potential good one, so that I can then go and have a look, but I need to avoid wasting time and diesel travelling to look at obvious lemons too if possible ! I'm self employed so time is money
any comments, thoughts, pointers gratefully received
Since I've learned how to do photos, here's one of my current toy too