This has proberbly been covered before so perhaps someone could point me in the direction of the post.

What i am trying to find out is what craft would be good for a beginer. I am looking to go crusing. I live close to the Thames estuary so am ideally placed for the river.

Budget is a concern so am I best to build from plans buy a kit or save a little more and buy a ready to go craft.Any pointers for good makes of any of the above.

Also are there any club meetings in Essex/kent that i could go to and chat with members to gain more info.