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Old 24 January 2013, 04:10   #21
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And before I get jumped on for only naming scorpion. They were just an example.
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Old 24 January 2013, 04:27   #22
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If anyone's paying 700 a week I'm changing jobs as it would be my dream job to build ribs!
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Old 24 January 2013, 04:31   #23
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John, you missed the Highfield / X-Pro range from Sea Swift.

Unfortunatly I dont have a photo, but they were there tucked in a cornor. Interesting as they are making boats from 4m upwards with ali hulls.

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Old 24 January 2013, 06:18   #24
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John, you missed the Highfield / X-Pro range from Sea Swift.

Unfortunatly I dont have a photo, but they were there tucked in a cornor. Interesting as they are making boats from 4m upwards with ali hulls.

Photo from their website.

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Made in China I think.
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Old 24 January 2013, 07:18   #25
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Yup, made in china but overseen / managed by UK guys & then of course fitted out by SeaSwift (so I was told).

Tubes in PVC, but hypalon as an option. GRP hulls badged X-Pro, Ali hulls badged Highfield.

Very tied to Honda at the show, but available with all the main manufacturers and also keen prices on a bare hull. All their prices seamed keen and they obviously have faith in the product as they have two boats doing the round ireland.

The quality looked very good, a huge leap from previous chinese ribs I've seen. They are not a true deep V hull, but as you can see the price caught my eye and the quality is present.
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Did everyone notice the lack of engine manufacturers present at the show?
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Old 24 January 2013, 08:56   #27
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I was actively looking for barrus / mercury and could not find them.

I was there on business spread over 3 days and the attendance seamed very low - great as a visitor but as an organiser or exhibitor thats a bad thing for the shows future.
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Barrus had a few engines on the corner of their Quicksilver boats stand but nothing like there usual presence.

I think Yamaha was the only actual outboard stand

Although a couple of smaller less known brands were on othe stands
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Old 26 January 2013, 03:25   #29
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Been hearing cobra thought it was not as successful as they hoped in generating sales....

But I think in reality it's hard times out there for all builders.
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Thanks John for the review, liking the photos and now it's got me browsing the classifieds.

Falcon - I think the main issue with boat building, is that you need to sell a lot of boats to get scale on the production of each boat, from materials through to marketing.

This means going global, as a boat is not an impulse purchase.

Even in the motoring world where millions of cars are sold each year you can get it badly wrong. Take Ford, a few years back they lost 1000 on each car sold.

Then there is the issue of how often people change. My boat is 12/13 years old, I can afford to change it but won't as there is nothing wrong with it and I might only use it 20-30 times a year.

Ultimately boating be it sail or power is a niche market, and thus costs will remain high for the product.

So for that reason I won't be investing and I'm out. :0)
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