Thank you to everyone for your splendid replies - I think after consideration I would be wise to give it a wide berth and have gained a free lesson.
The material was tacky and sticky and I thought perhaps it just needed a good clean with some 'August race' cleaner which was worked well for me with the others.
I'm also now glad to have seen the guide on ID of materials used as that's excellent advice. My first I flats me was an old tender which is PVC and after feeling the strength of the old Avon Redcrest - I now feel the difference.
Like comparing a balloon to a leather ball.
Originally Posted by Ferryman
I live on the IOW as well and if you need any help on viewing boat condition etc, I am happy to assist!
I may take you up on that offer and it's always great to have more island contacts. I love the island for water activities, so much coast to explore and some pretty nice reefs and sealife if you know where to look.
This journey into looking at that tender has lead me to realise I do want a bigger boat, I no longer mind the trailer and storage idea either.
I'm a side note I've just missed out on a 2006 Honda 4 stroke 2hp for a bargain price.