Originally Posted by simon-moore
My question is:
Is there actually a vibrant market for a skippered or bareboat RIB of this size/type?
Simon. Tim Griffin has stated we operate based around larger ribs for charter with helm. We operate predominately in the Solent which has a high demand for RIBs but it also has a very high number of operators. 250 set up in Poole based more around what you have listed with a larger 12 seat? and two crew and offers RIB rides out to heritage sites and has time runs out whereas I tend to run with clients wanting to watch an event, sight seeing or special events along with treasure hunts.
Not knowing your area that well it will depend on what can be offered/demand for type of operation.
Bare boat is offered by some operators but with heavy overheads. As for vibrant that is a good question, the area of operations and also I would suggest others doing the same may dictate this.
If you are wishing to offer larger party groups you would need to have access to more craft and preferably of the same make/look/power etc which sometimes might dictate what craft you buy/use.
You are welcome to pm me details/questions and I think Tim nailed it with a way of life and never get rich until you add/diversify what else you offer.