Sorry for last night rant. Red wine and frustration
I just think that the market potential is huge. And yet we have these cottage industry manufacturers catering primarily to the already converted bod who is already a RIB enthusiast, fighting between themselves for a share of a relatively small cake.
Why doesn't someone take their head out of the sand and recognise that the issue is not whether my rib is a small variant of a Tohatsu, or my 'V' is deeper than your 'V', or mine looks more industrial than yours, or mine would cope going round the Bill in Force 7 and yours wouldn't, or even mine goes 3k faster than yours - and yes I plead guilty to an unhealthy interest in those intellectual masturbations, if you will forgive me the expression.
The issue is that it is possible to create and market perhaps three mass market ribs, which between them (without much (any) modification) would meet the needs of 95% of newbie RIB purchasers.
Combine these with a marketing package which includes a comprehensive FAQ ranging from how / where to store / launch a rib, how to get trainnig, how to register.........
Obtain deals with fuel suppliers, favoured marinas.....
And go out and flog the damn things to an unsuspecting public - and they are unsuspecting!
My guess is that three products would be:
6.5M with six jockeys
6M with bench and four jockeys
5.5M with bench and two jockeys
Small range of colours
One engine per product.
No choices, no decisions to make, and a stock held somewhere ready for the January Boat Show......
Am I mad?
Well, I know I am, but in this particular aspect am I mad?