Passenger contracts on the other hand, can be done with just about any ship from a Cobra mk1 upwards. I normally run with 3 cabins, but they aren't always full of passengers, but if you take the long haul contracts you can make good profits.
Quoting myself, but thought I would add some more on this.
Just finished a marathon five hour session, transporting three passengers across nearly the full width of Galaxy 3.
With trading on the way (and I have a Python CC with a large cargo bay), I made over 60,000 credits! But of that, the passengers brought in over 45,000 credits, and the trading only brought in 15,000 credits.
So you can see how sometimes passengers can make you more money than trading!!
Maybe you could start a Kickstarter Campaign to found your £4500 pledge.
Thanks to Gimi, I got an eBook in my inbox tonight (31st May 2014 - Release of Elite Reclamation)!