Originally Posted by jwalker
If I was doing it now I'd still go to Humber and buy a new hull/tubes. I can't remember the exact price but it was in the region of 8-9 grand for the 8.5mtr but I'd buy a 9.5mtr. There are diesel engine bargains to be had if you are prepared to take the risk and maybe carry the warranty yourself. I used a main Volvo dealer and got what could be considered a very good deal for a main dealer but, knowing what I know now, I'd definately consider the alternative strategy.
mmm... I think she is of the opinion that some form of shelter (either proper cabin or the redbay style tent thingy) would be desirable... we have one little-un and there could be more to follow at some point. He loves the boat but gets too cold in the wind chill - even at 20 knots. Mrs P got wet on a few occasions and now has reassessed her priorities from - "cabins don't look very pretty" to "crikey thats quite practical".
Now I know that in theory one can aquire a tractor cab and DIY it but thats not in my skill base nor do I have the time or space.
Something like 7.5m is probably more than enough for me. I've not seen anyone else making redbay type giant sprayhoods? I assume there is some skill/engineering involved for it to survive travelling at speed. Humber have some fairly industrial looking cabins - no idea what that adds to cost. Parker have a nice cabin on their boats - but never seen one second hand and suspect its out of the hypothetical budget new. Most people developing cabin ribs seem to be working on the "sleep on board" approach - which whilst I wouldn't say no to that isn't on our essential list. Keeping the rain and spray off is.
All in all its a big leap from a 3.9m bathtub with a 20HP outboard - so not sure we will make the transition in one step - I am just trying to balance up the arguments for and against the options...