Funnily enough a guy from I think the RNLI (maybe RYA) who I was chatting to at Seaworks. I did not get his card but from I think he was from Emsworth or Langstone. They had loads of kids in the water in sudden foul conditions earlier in the year and he said that safe seating on safety boats was going to become an issue after this incident. The traditional reason for wanting a single jockey was to leave deck space for kit and to lay down the casualty. His view was laying a casualty between two columns of jockey seats, like in Farfetched, was actually safer if there was a real need to get the hell out of it, than having them rolling on the deck space. And if you pulled five scared kids out of the water, a jockey each was great comfort.
But I do not claim to be a dinghy safety boat expert, just reporting the feedback.
Polwart, not offended, someone else actually offered 1,000 more. I did not take either offer. We got a sensible if not generous price for the first of the boats and are letting this second one go for less with very little on the clock, but not at your level which hardly paid for my sarnis!!!
Yes, Tim, we are absolutely not going for the marine experienced market with our final product. The two boats for Ribex were designed to get feedback and brickbats - and we have had both and appreciated both. I suppose we will compete with Ballistic and Stingher, but even then advertising and prescencing in different magazines and events, but less with e.g. Solent. I think I was exceptional for Lee as a first time and pretty ignorant buyer!!! Some would say little has changed to date
Only standard build, no option, premium price, embedded goodies such as PB2 and lifejackets.... One shop for everything, one decision, no reason not to buy, premium price. Very short delivery. Loads of client service emphases and hence costs.
We are changing engine manufacturer and have taken on board some comments about console for the pure high end high paying leisure market. We want to build Prime 3 and 4 which will be a little different therefore - probably same seating, same layout, slightly different console, redesigned A frame (or roll bar as some are now calling it
), different engine, larger plotter) but essentially same basic concept.
We also may, after the helpful feedback, change the name from Prime, but my friend at LVMH who is advising us on luxury marketing still does not like the idea of aggression in eg Ballistic, Predator, Stingher and Scorpion as brands for my target market. Ask x consultants, get x different answers!
Hope this helps those who are following Bruce's venture into selling Ribs. I don't want to have many (any?) secrets from people on RibNet or those who chatted at Ribex who have been very helpful (even those with copious piles of brickbats which we have listened to carefully). You guys who are far better informed and far more price sensitive and are willing to dedicate loads of time to your buying decisions; you will not be our market. Buy I value your input in case you think I have gone mad and am just wasting money with the venture.