I wanna boat!
Yesterday I went out on a friend's boat, we spent over 8 hours on the water for a couple of whiting, wrasse and skippy and I talked him into stopping for some squid just off Long Point boat ramp. It was very apparent being even 100-500m offshore changes your whole fishing world without having to sail across the horizon for marlin. I want to get some kind of cheap boat/tinnie purely to get a little offshore. There is a fair bit of experience here and lots of knowledge so I'm gonna ask a couple of questions and hope for some well qualified advice.
1. Is old fibreglass (80's) ok or can it hold some hidden time bombs? I wondered if the colour has faded can this mean in any way the fibreglass has become eg. old and brittle? I wondered if there were obvious tell tale signs when looking at boats that scream move on. I have seen several old fg models within my price range that are faded, don't know the pros and cons between fg and aluminium.
2. Is it reasonable to think up to $4000 can get me out on the water? Yesterday was 5-10knots all day and I figured 3-5m boat 20-40hp out the back of Garden Island, or anywhere in Warnbro/Cockburn Sound could be a helluva lotta fun, more than sitting on a jetty at any rate!
3. It struck me a good fishfinder/gps is essential- does anyone agree with this?
4. Mostly - Are there any old(or young) salts who can give me any "I wish someone had told me this" type of tips before I go and blow my dollars on a floating disaster?
Thanks for any help, it will be very much appreciated.