Ok here goes! (takes in deep breath in apprehension).
I spoke to a friend who did a bit of digging .(NB don’t know how correct it is so don’t quote me).
In brief Narwhal was owned by “Mr Narwhal” and “Mr X” they had a bit of a bust up and “Mr X” became “Mr Valiant”. Shortly after the build quality of Narwhal took a bit of nosedive.
Anyway I went to look at the boat last night and it is in very good nick and obviously has been looked after, with no structural damage (that I could find) and very few cosmetic scratches. Its on a very near new roller coaster trailer and has a very well looked after and serviced Suzuki 55. It has a good selection of kit – GPS / FF / VHF etc and is of the pre Narwhal split era.
I took it for a spin and it seemed perfectly upto anything I would ask it to do.
Anyway to cut a long story short subject to completion of a bank transfer I now own it. I don’t want anyone to think that I didn’t value their opinion, but I have made my decision and I will have to stick with it. You may all get the chance to say I told you so. …… (but hopefully not).
I don’t intend to push the boat to the limit and potentially, as it is my first RIB, I will be looking to change it in the not too distant future, so hopefully it will last that long.
I also want to stress that it also had nothing to do with the other half’s comments of “I like the colour” and “It looks much less utilitarian than the Humber”.
Incidentally the vendor had had quite a bit of interest and the sale went down to a coin toss between me and another buyer who test drove the boat at same time as me.
Again thank you all for your comments and I will keep you informed and maybe post some pics when it arrives on Saturday – I’m off to update my profile.