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No not, submarines.

After years of persuasion, the missus has finally agreed to let me buy a boat. Awesome.

I've always been particularly into old speed boats and launches, the sort of shit you see at Henley or tearing about Venice. I love the look of them and they are infinitely nicer than the current crop of plastic shite that you can pick up on ebay. Don't get me wrong, sailing under the power of wind is also cool, but I'm a bit of a hooligan and I love tear arsing around at speed. I'm thinking hot Summer day, rag the boat about a bit, then leisurely motor around with a picnic and a few bottles of bubbly.

With the exception of a rubber dinghy I owned as a kid, it's going to be my first boat so I don't want to break the bank and a vintage Riva is probably a bit out of my price range. I'm thinking a 1950's or 60's British ski boat might be perfect for me. Any other boaters here?
 

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You need a beard and a cardigan with leather elbow patches. " Classic Motor Boat Association." You might as well join the Caravan Club and admit you're middle aged
 

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You need a beard and a cardigan with leather elbow patches. " Classic Motor Boat Association." You might as well join the Caravan Club and admit you're middle aged
Don't worry, I fully intend to be thrown out of any 'association' or 'club' by acting the ****. I'm too lazy to shave anyway so this could fit in nicely with my lifestyle.
 
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You big girl. Man the **** up and get a rigid raider. No other craft has the ability to change gentle rolling waves into concrete hard humps as you hit them at full speed.
 

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You big girl. Man the **** up and get a rigid raider. No other craft has the ability to change gentle rolling waves into concrete hard humps as you hit them at full speed.
I can't imagine a Rigid Raider going well with my cravat to be honest.
 
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Beware massive fuel consumption. And mechanical problems. remember the old (and true) adage.

If it flies floats or fucks its cheaper to rent.
 

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Beware massive fuel consumption. And mechanical problems. remember the old (and true) adage.

If it flies floats or fucks its cheaper to rent.
Most of the sort of boats I'm looking at have fairly puny Ford 1.3 engines so shouldn't be too thirsty. Mechanical problems are all part of the fun.
 
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TID, your Na-Na must have known my Grandad!
 

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I had - until last year - a Cleopatra 23. Ok, not a classic speedboat, but with twin inboard Volvo Pentas, at 2 litre, it could clog along nicely at around 20 knots. Sadly, it was on inland waterways, where speed limit was 4mph, so didn't use it's power. Lovely craft, it had outdrives, so could turn on a sixpence ( or whatever the modern equivalent is). As for mechanical problems being part of the fun, that is true, if you admit that VD is part of the fun of sex.
If you really want to know what owning a boat is like, cover yourself in old oil, tar and paint then stand in a cold shower and tear up £50 notes for an hour or so.

Having said that.............if I could have another, I would.
 

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The old Ford Kent 1.3 was a bit asthmatic. About 50bhp on a good day. What exactly are you going to be tear-arsing around at 6kt?
Most of the boats I'm looking at are good for 25 kts. Even the electric conversions I've seen will hit just under 20.
 
#20
River or sea?

You'll have more fun in a RIB; get something over 5M and 100HP and it will allow you to pootle about with a hamper or two and still annoy everyone when you give it full throttle. Those things you posted pictures of will be fine in a river or on a very calm day but a one way ticket to DJ's locker in any sort of weather but I'm guessing you might have known that.
 
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