Know that we have you thinking Avon There is a few things to mention.
Firstly congratulations on coming from such a wonderful country!
If you are ever in Southampton then you are welcome to have a go on my Searider, providing you are qualified to RYA power 11 and you don't work for Claims Direct cos she is fast and feisty
Secondly, I now a lot of people (3 ) who have bought Avon's from lifeboatmen I think they buy them as personal craft because they trust them.
If you can try...... and get a commercial spec Avon as they are double tuff i.e loads of cladding on the tubes so they bounce off unfriendly pontoons, stronger hulls. I notice a commercial spec 4 metre is for sale on this website that is within your budget the vendor is mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
I personally believe you would be better of buying a good secondhand hull and a new/recoditoned engine. Another thing to bear in mind is that warranties on engines are usually transferable. I recently bought an 18 month old 15 HP Honda for a thousand pounds and it still had 3.5 years warranty left....and it had only ever been used on reservoirs... No it isn't for sale.
If you scan the relevant magazines you will also sometimes see special deals from dealers where they are selling 2001 model engines
If you want any to discuss any further than mail me at the Wavehumper@aol.com
and I'll send you my phone number
Happy sea riding