Thanks for your replies - but I obviously worded my question very badly. It did not even cross my mind that a 40 would be too big (I took ICC on a 43 and mainly in force 4/5s). I would like to know exactly how a Phantom 40 compares to other similar boats, eg Phantom 37 Princess XX? or Sealine 360 and so on, and which would be most suitable to start with. Should I view it like buying a house where one buys on the basis of what one sees, or is it as I imagine more like buying a car where there are considerable tecnical differences between similar looking vehicles. If the latter, then how does an inexperienced novice judge it all - it's a lotta lotta money after all The boat reports in the mags all seem to me to mainly consist of descriptions that would be appropriate to sales brochures rather than critical comment.