Hi. I’ve also not long joined the forum and if you navigate the search engine bar you will find a lot of information to help you on your way (and even more opinions, options and advice to confuse your choice even more)
For the money you are willing to spend there was a time you could have easily bought a very good Complete Second Hand Setup. But as said…. the demand is very high and seems there are very little “bargains” to be had anywhere.
If like me your mechanical and boating knowledge are limited……there are many unscrupulous people who will try and cash in on the increased demand by offering up “bargains” which might not be all they seem.
Recently one of the members here (The Gurnard) posted a video/pictures of himself stripping down an old inflatable boat which had seen alot of use for many years. Not only to recycle parts of it, but also to stop the possibility of someone being hurt or killed using it later as he just wasn’t confident that the sib would be safe.
Unfortunately, not everyone possess that quality of character to do this, and would quite happily sell us something that isn’t completely safe with no warranty or any real recourse of any kind.
With this in mind and with a slightly more modest cash amount we personally have to spend under £2000, I am definitely considering buying something new partly on Credit, and using the left over cash to buy any Extras…(which I’m sure the guys here will tell you, you never knew you could live without as time goes by)
Locally the couple of rather tired looking sib minimum setups I have looked at in person, I just couldn’t say were worth the asking price of £2000 (and to be honest didnt even look as though they should go into the water) This and with my lack of knowledge of their Outboards which were quite old, meant I just couldn't financially or safety wise take a risk.
This along with all the extras I would then need to buy, firstly to remain safe, and also for comfort, travel, practicality etc
The posts below may also be useful to you
I think as new sibbers (and probably even the experienced guys here will say the same) we will have to compromise be it buying new or old….particularly because of the way the market is.
The issue I am having now is that even buying new is becoming difficult with most of the options I was considering from New being already sold out. Be it the Sib, Outboard or even Accessories!
Now I am not sure if I should hold on a little longer to try get What I Really Want or just bite the bullet and grab something soon, which might mean I will regret it later!
Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!
I was considering a new Honwave T38 Airdeck type or whatever the Excel or other boat manufacturers equivalent may be, with a new Outboard of at least 15HP to push it along with myself (6ft3 114kg) and admittedly smaller/lighter wife, teenage son and medium sized dog along with possibly camping/fishing/eating gear
But anyway good luck and keep us posted how your search is doing