Hello from North Yorkshire, I'm Don and new to this site/forum.
I've recently been retired (accident @ work), so I've had to park up the motorbikes and hang up my beloved mtb/road bikes and look for pastures new in my leisure time.
We have always had our family holidays (wife & 2boys) either in Pembrokeshire or on the Solway coast of Dumfries & Galloway. I've spent many hours with kids body boarding etc and always watching with envy the lucky ones in ribs and other pleasure/sport boats along those coastlines.. having fun, towing toys or fishing and bay hopping with beach towels and a cool box of goodies.
So now the time is right to get a float and having limited knowlage (unless you count being the son of an ex Royal Navy CPO)..? Turn my long held desire to get a rib. My initial thoughts where an inflatable Quicksilver type that can be packed away etc, but being close to the Yorkshire coastline and having seen the sea's whip up quickly I'm more inclined to focus on a rib as I can easily store something about 6mtrs including trailer...?!? (Friend of wife's family in Pembrokeshire has a Valiant 5mtr rib with seating for 6 I think. with a cool box in front of the console.. A frame and all the electrics, vhf, chart/fish computer etc), this is where my thoughts are at the moment anyway. I've also decided I need to do my RYA power boat 2.
So guys and gals.. any advice on any of the above is very welcome, in particularly a Valiant as described or something similar and also any recommendations for the power boat course either in yorkshire/Humber or Solway coast please.?