yet another boat thread: whose 5-5.5m alu centre console on the cheap?
just me thinking with my mouth open, any advice offered appreciated.
I've had my eyes on whats in the quokka, online in various sources, and mostly been looking at used because money is an object (that I have little of). I really want something up to 5.5m, pref over 5m, as then its easily trailerable, yet we can take it a fair way offshore. Our tow vehicle can handle the weight, and I don't think I'd have to go for a tandem and trailer brakes at that size either which may save a few bucks.
Secondhand I haven't really seen much compelling, and I notice that a lot of the boats in that size are rolled, not plate boats which would probably be preferred.
I was surprised to see a local plate boat builder can do up a bare hull for the following prices; 5m/$10k, 5.3m/$13k & 5.6m/$16k. I guess a trailer is around $2k-3k new, and then is motor and fitout. I can poach some of the safety gear from my brother's old dingy, that should save a few bucks too.
Are those prices typical for a bare bones centre console? Who else makes them? Who should be avoided =)