I would go with a second hand boat from a trusted brand. Since your budget is limited, you should look from a long term perspective. Buying a bot from an established brand would ensure that you don't have to spend a lot on its upkeep. Obviously you need to inspect the boat thoroughly since you are buying a second hand boat.
Hi Shaun, I am looking for a boot myself (I like to get a Kayak) and I have the same "problem" that I want to see the boat before I buy it. That is why I look in my area. Have already seen a few that are interesting. Let me know when you find something, and show it here
He, thanks I did also check http://www.barterskings.com and am now talking with a guy for trading some stuff that I have (Remote Helicopter and some pocket Watches) to a nice new Kayak. Hope it works out.I have been on websites like Gumtree, Barterskings and Ebay. There are a few boats I am watching on Ebay but I would really need to see the boat in person before buying. I don't want to make an investment without inspecting the boat.