If you don't mind putting the hours in - then a project may be the way to go, as you'll end up with a good sea-keeping boat that can be used for island hopping, fishing, etc.
One thing to remember about Lewis - is that you're practically on your own in terms of sourcing materials, parts, etc - with everything having to be purchased on the mainland and ferried over. I have family over there - and regularly haul the Zodiac Pro over every summer. The back of the car always has my tools, spares, etc. Waiting for Poly Marine to send my 2-part glue for an old Zodiac (parted seam) was like waiting for an eternity.
Might be worth making a weekend of it and check out a few 'possibles' with a view to buying within a certain geographic area. Got to be better than turning up, only to be disappointed because someone's description was out by a mile.
My Pro 7-man is for sale if you're interested. http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=33296
Originally Posted by ooglewoogle
Hi there...after lurking here for quite a while I have decided it is time to stick a toe in the waters of ribbing. The boat will be used predominantly on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, mostly exploring with a spot of fishing.
Budget isn't great...not after anything fancy. Somewhere between £3-5k, although preferably not too near top end of that! (says the missus
I have been looking at the various sea rider 5.4's that have come up, along with 5.5m tornados and suchlike. These all seem ideal. Preferably I would have at least a couple of jockey seats on it.
I have been watching this on Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=150434378166
. Does anyone here have any knowledge of it? Or indeed any opinions? Seems like a little bit of a project to get spick and span...but I don't mind that.
Thanks in advance for your help!