Hi everyone - I am happy to be returning to boating and hope to be a part of this forum.
5 years ago I owned a west marine 300 PVC RIB with the below Tohatsu 9.8 4 stroke I bought new. Kept the boat in the salt water for 10 months in Miami before I had to sell it and relocate. I was in a canal and loved exploring the intercoastal. I really loved it and was sad to see it go. But I gave it to the boy scouts sea bass program so that was nice.
Fast forward to today and I still have the motor in good working condition. I am looking to return to boating and have a few restrictions I hope folks have some ideas about. I am happy to be here and will be sure to contribute!
Considerations for new boat:
1. I no longer live on the water so the boat needs to be trailed
2. Boat needs to fit in my 17 foot long garage with a 7 foot wide door (small I know)
3. My budget is between $5k and $10k total for the boat and trailer so will likely need to go used
4. I want to upgrade from the tiller handle to a console with steering wheel and throttle
As you can imagine I am doing a lot of research to see if I can modify the tohatsu to convert to steering. I think my ideal boat is something like the Highfield classic 310 if I could add a small bench seat and console.
I also though about saving and buying something like this used... But the tohatsu would go to waste so that is not ideal