Hi to ALL.
Ive had no history or has any of my family of boats.
My interest has always been on four wheels.
Currently own a Beach Buggy, an old 60's American Dodge van, Beetle, Karmann Ghia, building a traditional steel HotRod.......you get the picture.
A few weeks ago I went on the River Thames on one of their taxi-cruise boats from Westminster to Richmond (I actually ended up at Teddington lock).
I live a five min drive from the River Thames & this was the first time I ever went on it (apart from crossing it on the Woolwich Ferry of course).
Instantly I thought.....how cool would it be to park the Dodge van in somewhere like Putney, pull a small boat with a outboard out of the back of it, drop it in The Thames & cruise up the river & do some exploring
Now I do actually own a Challenger 400 Inflatable Dingy, which ive had for about 16 or 17 years I think.
Only used it a couple of times as a rowing boat, once at Camber Sands I think & once last year at Dymchurch.
I discovered a week or so ago that you can get motor mounts for Inflatable Dingys, so I unfolded my Dingy to see if it had motor mounts.
Alas......its so old that in needs the older style motor mount (the type that hooks into the two lower mountings & then uses the oar mountings as the top hooks.
Can I find one of these type of mounts new or used ?
So......bearing in mind I live in a terrace house with a teeny tiny front garden, no garage & no rear access to my enclosed garden.......Ive been limited to searching for a RIB.
This is why I joined this Forum.
I need some advise as I have absolutly NO idea what im doing to be honest ?
Im just trying to learn what all these boat types really are.
RIB I assume is "Rigid Inflatable Boat" ?
But some have solid floor, some dont, some are slatted, do they all fold away once deflated ??????
TENDER & DINGY Im starting to realise is what people just call small boats ?
Also some RIB's have a standard outboard on the back & some have a steering console.
Now Im really confused
Basically what I think I want (by searching Ebay, Gumtree, Google, Youtube, etc) is a 3-4 man size RIB (for me, the misses, one or two kids) that I can deflate & pack away to transport rather than using a trailer.
An Outboard engine that I steer manually from the back of the boat.
No idea on the HP or weather 2 or 4 stroke would be best suited ?
But i'm guessing somewhere between 2.5 & 5 HP is what I need ?
I would like to use it on the River Thames & maybe even take it down to the South East Kent beaches when the weather is calm.
I dont even know if I need a licence, insurance, permit ?
I really know nothing.
Apart from the realisation that the is a whole different part of England that Im missing out on.
Sorry for the rather HUGE introduction...........
But I want to have fun exploring, but at the same time be safe.
Any advise would be wonderful.