SO.... the boiler and I have just been to do our Lvl2 PB course at Cumbrae, and I have my intermediate booked for March. Now I'm trying to figure out if I can afford a RIB!
Can I realistically pick up a reasonably servicable 4 - 5m RIB for less than or equal to 5grand? It doesn't need to be specially luxurious: a double jockey would do us fine, and it doesn't need to be specially powerful: the 5m XS's they had at Cumbrae seemed to go fine with a 60hp four stroke, and I need to be able to fuel the thing or it's just a garden ornament!
I seem to remember when I first started lurking this board about 3 months ago that there was lots about on Boats and Outboards etc but maybe they were all scams?
As far as what we'd be using it for: I'd like to be able to do it all really (who doesn't?) We need to trailer it to Lough Derg in Ireland for 2 weeks every summer. I'd like to be able to stick it on the Lake District Lakes and potter about at the speed limit without the think oiling up. And a bit of modest coastal cruising in North Wales.
If I'm whistling Dixie then I may have to set my sights a little lower and go for a tiller-control SIB or perhaps a tiller control small RIB?
Any observations and/or advice is more than welcome.