One of the main factors when purchasing a boat is what will it be used for, where and how many will use it. The first two you covered but the last point, "how many" might have a bearing on the type of boat you should look for. When we purchased "Kingfisher" we needed a boat with enough deck space to let 3 to 4 anglers fish in comfort (it's amazing how much gear 3 anglers carry). I had a look at as many different types of boat as I could (both on the net and in harbours), to get a feel for the type that would suite us. I'm lucky in so far as I am a member of a sea angling club and was able to enter boat competitions which in turn allowed me to "try out" as a third man some of the boats I fancied. There are a lot of Seahog/Warrior/Orkney boats owned by club members and this has to reflect on the strengths of these boats, but thats not saying that there are a lot of other very good boats on the market, it all depends on your needs and you pocket. All I say is dont jump in too fast, stop, stand back and make sure the boat you are looking at fits your needs. If I can be of any more help mail me at [email protected]
(I know a few good internet sites that sell boats and it might be worth checking out if only to get an idea of the range of boats available).