Your two pence, as they say, is invaluable (as you know the waters around where I live) and is much appreciated.
Thanks for the advice re. the 715. So, it has to be an 8 mt +. I think I intuitively knew that, but it is good to spell it out.
I am in contact with most of the major manufacturers mentioned on here, trying to get feedback, and also looking for good used boats at the right price. Here are a few of those contacted and with whom I have ongoing talks: Redbay, Excalibur, Cougar (NZ), Carson, Scorpion, XS, and so on). Not all are easy to deal with via e-mail (they probably prefer to go out ribbing, and I can't blame them). It might also be my fault - I probably ask too many questions. However, when I am thinking of spending a fair dollop of cash, I like to be molly-coddled a bit, and I like to think that I am getting the right boat; i.e. that I won't want to change it next year. I also want to feel safe in it, as I travel with my family. I also think that some (not all) ribs are a little over-priced for the year, but I could be wrong in that.
Anyway, just wanted to say thanks to you (and to other who chip in from time to time) as I value your comments as sincere attempts
to help, as indeed are many of those made on this site.
p.s. If anybody has a boat for sale and wants to negotiate, I am here. It is easy to work out what I want by checking my posts.
The Revenger is very good. I nearly bought one (or two), They have great top end and good in the rough. Living where you do I would not consider a 715....too small. It will handle all the Crap out there but you won't. It will be wet,bumpy and not fun. Go for an 8m plus Revenger Cougar Scorpion, and a dozen others which are good.You need to decide what you want it for? Revengers are sports type ribs,so wont be as good in the rough as a osprey or Humber etc. But by golly very quick..I didnt buy a Revenger because it didnt seem as good a deal as the Cougar at the time.
just my 2 cents..