Originally Posted by Alan
Now you've experienced crap build quality from South Africa, you're selling your Falcons and you're buying a Scorpion.
Alan in all seriousness the Falcons as well as the Geminis (I cannot speak for the rest of the makes in SA as I do not have any experience on those) are very well built boats. In different ways FALCONS and GEMINIS.
GEMINIS are heavy with deeper Vs than the FALCONS. They sail well but they give a wet rides if you go out in force 6 and above. Apart from that there is nothing wrong with those boats. My 5mtr GEMINI had it for 17 years, sold it 2 years ago and the chap who's got it says is the best RIB he ever had and done no repairs to it.
With the FALCONS we have noticed that the built quality is not the problem what so ever. The boats are built to last, are light and you can use a small engine and less fuel to get top performance. However, the finish quality on SOME (not all) of the boats could be better.
Also the PVC material that they use we feel that is OK if you take the boat in and out of the water every time you use it and you keep it under cover. If however, you have it exposed on direct sunlight for more than 3 months at any one time, like we do in Greece, the PVC needs attention. Hence we need to make some tube repairs (not urgent) to the 700RSR I've got.
Both the GEMINIS and the FALCONS lack ample storage. A bit of SPARTAN designs. But people know this when they made the purchase and can't complain.
Now going to the SCORPION. GREAT BOAT, heavy and built with deep V. If you go near it and is out of the water looks like is a 10/15 mtr boat (looks like a ship in fact). Is made to sail long distances in most weather conditions and in comfort. The upholstery GREAT, the finish GREAT, the drivers seat not to my licking (hate standing up and high. I prefer do be nearer to the deck) but I suppose we can improve on that one and may be sell the pattern to SCORPION for $1,000,000 , storage is GREAT a huge hold. It must be over 1 mtr deep (it looks like a hold) forward an even huger hold aft plus all the little other storage areas and the electric fridge just in front of the consol which also doubles as a seat (you can move house on one of those boats).
If you now compare the quality of the SCORPION to my FALCON the SCORPION comes 1st with flying colours and there is NO comparison.
If you think about it, to buy a brand new 8mtr SCORPION fully geared you need 80K Euro which is the price of four 640SR FALCONS or three 700RSR. I do not know how much they sell the FALCONS in the UK but people should not pay much for them fully geared with trailer, cover, vhf, gps, and with engine for those.
The say that you get what you pay for fits here very well and I recon you get a good boat if you buy a FALCON for the money you pay for it
you get an EXCELLENT BOAT if you get a SCORPION but you need to pay as much as you pay for a house to get it. If people can afford it good luck to them