I'm a complete newbie to racing based in Guernsey (been driving powerboats for the last 10 years but never competitively) and am very keen to get involved in the Guernsey season this year!
Unfortunately my current boat is definitely not up to the task - a Prosport 7.5m Rib with a 130 diesel inboard - she's a good boat but only does 27 kts - eventually!
On the positive side it does mean that if i am going to race I'll need to get myself a boat
I was wondering whether anyone could give me some tips on what would be a good starter boat, where to look and if they know of any - I'm looking for something which is competitive but not ridiculously squirrelly! Am also unfortunately not on a P1 budget - ideally around 6-7K
I've looked at the Phantom 18 on ebay that's pointed to on another thread but 85mph and 280 hp in an 18ft boat sounds a bit full on for me to start out with - am hoping to survive to race next year too!
I had a look at a 1997 B23 yesterday with a 2000 XR2 on the back. It looks awesome and what i've read on B23s seems like it could be the boat I'm looking for.
The boat's called "Liquid Illusion" but i think it was previously called "Wet Dream" - does anyone know of it or anything about it?
Up close the boat has a few cracks and ding repairs but I guess this kind of goes with the territory on race boats and the abuse they take.
Haven't heard the engine run yet - am guessing I'm taking a bit of a risk on a 2000 XR2 engine whatever happens.
It's up at £6750 - but I think the guy would go a little lower - does this seem a fair price?
Any tips or advice greatly appreciated!