The Shortlist

Ok, so a cabin cruiser it is. I have set a distance of 50 miles radius

of the office in which to travel. This is because I don't want to tow

my new boat back too far without first having chance to

check it out properly.

The Shortlist

Ok, so a cabin cruiser it is. I have set a distance of 50 miles radius of the office in which to travel. This is because I don't want to tow my new boat back too far without first having chance to check it out properly.

Here it is, my list (Don't laugh!)

  • number 1 19FT Dolphin Fibreglass Sports Cruiser
    Two berth, total rebuild inside, Nav lights, cooker, sink, toilet etc
    On good road trailer Price £1400.00
  • number 2 17.5FT Sports Cruiser
    40hp Outboard engine, sleeps 2, fully re-furbished
    Depth sounder/fish-finder, new steering assembly, two petrol tanks
    Twin-axle road trailer, fenders etc, ready to go Price £1850.00 - I like haggling, alright?! (I just got back from Morrocco!)
  • number 3 16FT 6 Sports Cruiser
    Mariner Outboard (50hp), lifejackets, fenders, excellent condition
    On road trailer with current Thames safety certificate Price £1300.00

Why did I choose these three? Because basically they are local, they are around the right price (I do not want to spend all of my £1500 on a boat if it needs something doing to it, but the boats below £1000 tend to be very old, and with small engines). I have also spoken to all the owners on the telephone and they sound genuine.

The last boat on my list is from a dealer, so it will be interesting to pay him a visit and see what he has to say. My first choice is to buy private, just as I prefer to buy a second hand car private; I want to see where it comes from, where it has spent at least part of it's life, and more importantly - what kind of guy has been given the honour of driving my boat recently.

There were many other boats I could have chosen, but after ringing round the owners I have either discounted them for one reason or another (one guy had advertised a boat I really liked for £1500.00, and when I called I was told it was actually £15'000.00; At least I can spot a bargain already). Others were sold, some sounded like sheds.

I think it's about time I went to see the boats. I have arranged to view them all today, and damn exciting it is too!