Posted a little while ago re the leaky tubes on a 4m Narwhal I managed to buy (without doing any research). After much pondering the boat either needs a retube, or Sherlock Holmes to find the bloody leak.
The admirable Paul Tilley has given me a good quote for the tubes, but I am wondering, if I would be better keeping the trailer/controls/old but good Mercury 40hp Thunderbolt and just finding another boat to put it with.
I spotted this on B & O http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/PAA17770
and wondered (knowing that the trailer will just about take it) if this is the direction to go.
The boat will mostly be used on the Thames Estuary so questions that come to mind are:
Are 40 horses enough? (at least initially) Will it plane, what sort out speed could I expect?
What are the advantage/disadvantages of the extra 1.4 metres over something like an SR4
How much heavier/hassle to launch is the larger boat.
Having learnt the lesson with the Narwhal (do you research 1st) all opinions are welcome, so lets hear them