Boats under £500
Inflatable two person Canoe
Example: Sevylor Colorado Inflatable Canoe
At around £400 there are a number of these boats which are easy to use and great for exploring inland waters, lakes and rivers.
One person sit-on composite Kayak
Example: MYSTO by OCEAN KAYAK
Around £400 good multi use kit for surfing, day trips, family fun, exercise, nature watching, scuba and snorkelling, fishing, easy rivers, flat water
Second hand Sailing Dinghy
Example: Topper One man Dinghy
If you search the classified ads in the dinghy magazines - You can hunt down a bargain second hand dinghy!
One man dinghies such as a Topper cost around £300 and are great fun for beginners. It only has one sail so you can put the boat together quickly and get straight on the water.
Example: O'Brien Valhalla 2008
For fast and furious fun on the water you can get a wakeboard package with all the bindings for just under £500. You can then practice at a lake with a cable or find a tow!
Second hand Day / Fishing Boat
Example: Dell Quay Dory 13
Searching second hand boat web sites and magazines will throw up a host of day boats and small fishing boats. At this price you might have to add your own engine if you want power. If you just want to get on the water for a day now and again these are ideal. The more you pay the better the condition of boat is likely to be.