My wife has decided that the new boat should be called Time Bandit. Mainly because of how much time I will spend on it and also it is the name of a boat from The Deadliest Catch which has to be one of the best things on Telly at the moment.
I am going for a new Vipermax 6.5 this is the spec for anyone who is interested...
White Hull, console & jockeys / Light grey non slip / Blue Tubes with Grey rubbing strake / Light grey wear patches / 150 litre underdeck tank
SEATING / CONSOLE
2 single Osprey Jockeys
Light grey upholstery with blue piping and inlay
Discovery console (offset 2")
Bolt patterns in the floor for rear bench seat or two more Jockeys
Double 2" A-frame, wing back jockey backrests, Stainless Screen surround
Etec 150HP 20" with latest NMEA Gauges and GPS aerial!!
BRP Binnacle Throttle
Lowrance LCX-27C 7" plotter / sounder
Bluesea Switch / breaker panel (6way)
Twin Odyssey AGM batteries
BEP 3 way battery switching cluster with VSR charging relay
Rule 1100 Auto Bilge Pump
All sat on a Dixon Bate R2B 61 Trailer
I have deliberately not gone for anything too weird or wonderful with the fit out as I want a boat that will appeal to most buyers so that if / when I come to sell it the idea is it will cater for most tastes. Hence the bolt patterns in the back rather than fixed seating, this way it could appeal to the family user (bench seat); long distance cruising in all weathers (Jockey seats); Wave Jumping with Matt H (Toilet)
I am initially not going to get any bench seats or jockeys for the back. I want to get some time on the boat before deciding what I want in the back seating wise.
I would appreciate any feedback from people who are familiar with similar set ups. The only area I have found a little hard to decide was on the console. The Osprey Ranger didn't do it for me and having seen the Discovery on the 7.5 meter ViperMax Roy was showing at Ribex I was quite taken with it. It may not be the best console for mounting instruments on but it looks good and to me that is really important.
Console-wise one of the nicest consoles I saw at Ribex was on the Ballistics however when I asked if they would sell one the answer was a resounding NO. I can see why..... it is an important part of any boat!!