I'm a new member from France (although I'm abroad right now because of professionnal reasons) and am joining you because I'm planning to buy a small boat to sail on the Mediteranean coast during the holidays for fun and for fishing. I've done it a couple times on rented boats and loved it, but I now have to learn more about these pleasant little things before I buy one myself, so that I do'nt get something that's not worth it.
I don't know France's used boat market but here in the US used beachcats are plentiful and relatively cheap if you're patient.
Keep an eye out for the trash boats. I would say 50% or more of the old, inexpensive boats I see are trash but the owner just doesn't know any better. Another 25% are in worse condition than the owner wants to admit to and they don't price accordingly.
If you don't want to work on your boat, pay more for a newer model.
Good luck and let us know if you have any specific questions.
Texas Gulf Coast
'82 Prindle 16 (Badfish)
'02 Hobie Wave (Unnamed Project)
‘87 Hobie 18 (Sold)
‘89 Hobie 17 (ill-advised project boat, Sold)
Thanks for the welcoming messages and for the advice! I think I'll look into buying a new boat if I don't find something really good on the second hand market; it'll be more expensive, but I'd rather be safe than sorry and avoid getting a bad boat that could sink, break (and cost more than a new one in repairs) or other fun things. I used to buy second hand cars even after having a wage that could allow me to afford a new one, but got tired of it after ending up with another garbage box...