Design - could not agree more - and hence the difficult choice between Parker or Solent. Neither are in any way it seems a bad design and, at the 6.5M mark, either would have done very well for me.
It came down to
* price (inevitably)
* that elusive feeling of which company's approach (style) would best fit with my and my wife's objectives
* who I met first - and who had therefore had longer to impress the 'newbie'
* short rides at RIBEX and outside Portsmouth and a perception that the Solent was a gentler ride
In short, to the (typical) newbie, it comes down to sales support and money, and the inevitably subjective (the sea never stays the same and the route taken is always different) feel of the boat.
I emphasise, I would be just as excited if I was about to take delivery of a Solent or Parker (or for that matter an XS, or Coastline, or....). It is to be a Solent in the next 10 days or so, and I am excited!
But I have to say I never considered, never thought to ask, about the evolution of the hull. Had never heard of Tohatsu or B.. whatever!
Pewrhaps rib salesmen should reflect on the fact that, to an inexperienced buyer, the product does not sell itslef!