Back on the water after 20+ years.
Hi all, I think this site is going to be invaluable to me in the coming weeks, months and years, as I've taken my first baby steps into boat ownership. I'm very aware I've a lot to learn, and relearn! Bear with me...
Growing up, my parents owned a chandlery and my dad was a marine engineer so I had been submersed in watercraft from a young age. I handled allsorts from small dinghy's and dorys, to 30ft+ yachts and spent a few summers driving a water taxi whilst going through college etc. I also helped with the mechanical work and serviced and repaired outboards with my dad. In short I loved it!
As life happens I grew away from this, got a proper job, family and financial commitment and although I've stayed a water user it's not been in boats. Until now I've not bee able to afford something safe and reliable and id never do the "cheap speedboat off eBay" thing as I know the dangers and seen the results!
We live on the south coast of Cornwall and I know the water here quite well. We're not sure as a family what we're mainly going to use a boat for but we knew a rib would be the best boat.
For now, and maybe it's all we need, I've bought a 2010 Quicksiver 430HD with a 20HP Mariner 4 stroke with solid service history on an indespension trailer.
It's like learning to walk again, though least of my worries is boat handling, it's ownership and catching up on 20 years of change. I don't know if modern engines even have sheer pins still!?
I'm heading off to peruse the sib pages.