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Old 04 June 2013, 11:06   #1
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Southampton Boat Show -which model to exhibit????

Like with most manufacturers when building a stock boat for a boat show the dilemma is always -which model, which engine and what HP , what colour for the GRP and tubes , what deck furniture and what radio and navigation equipment.

Will the rib be a head turner? Will one sell it at the show or will one be stuck with her?

This year we will again be exhibiting at the SBS with our Parker Weekend range of hard boats but for this year I am also considering taking a rib. The Parker rib must be of course a 100% leisure rib with leisure appearance but with excellent sea handling capabilities. The Parker 750 RS ticks all the boxes and as I have had two such in the past as demo ribs I know this model very well. The first one was with a Verado 225 outboard engine and the other with a Mercruiser 4.2 320HP diesel stern drive. The petrol one is now enjoying life in Iceland and the diesel model in the Republic of Ireland. I have decided on the petrol version with a very similar deck layout like my ex-demo model as shown on the attached photos. The Parker 750 RS has a very deep V hull which slices through the waves like a knife through a bar of butter (not frozen in case somebody pops the questions)

The reason for starting this thread is to get some input to see what the trend is for the leisure market? What are now the favoured colours? What are the likes and dislikes of fellow ribsters?

Perhaps you are in the market for this size of rib and you could have a secret input in the final specification. Who knows?

The engine of course must be from the Mercury range and here I have in mind the Verado 225 or even the 250. I would even consider the 4 cyl 200 HP model if this was to be a budget built rib. As for gauges then again to keep the price down either just go for the standard Smartcraft gauges or at a premium the multi display Smartcraft vessel viewer.

As for the radio and navigation equipment then the Lowrance HDS-8 or 10 GPS chartplotter /sounder, SonicHub, with a pair of speakers and a Lowrance VHF radio. We only install Simrad or Lowrance.

Your input will be much appreciated and I would like to finalize the specification asap as the delivery into the UK would have to be at the end of August.

I can promise those with the best input a ride in the Solent before the show. This would have to be before the show not after, as the new owner, whoever he or she may be, may not let me keep my promise.  
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Old 04 June 2013, 11:34   #2
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As for head turners, I'd imagine one of your high end cabin ribs would draw some crowds in (I'd love to see a Parker Baltic Cruiser in the flesh)!
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Old 04 June 2013, 17:37   #3
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I think ideally you'd have two boats. One semi commercial/traditional jockeys etc, with good tech spec then a 7.5m to 9m boat with black imprint type tubes, some LEDs, sub woofer for the iPod, part race, part leisure. That should get the buying hormones flooding for purists and playboys alike.
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Old 04 June 2013, 18:14   #4
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Parker 750
Verado 250
Black Hull
Black console and jockey seats
Black Carbon fibre effect tubes
Beige upholstery with the Parker logo tastefully embossed in the back rests
Subtle stainless steel handles and windscreen rail
Tinted windscreen
Teak deck
Stainless Steel or possibly black a frame (You choose Andre)
Lowrance HDS-8 with structure Scan

......... Thats my dream rib
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Oh yeah, if you do make it I won't mind driving back from the factory
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Parker 750
Verado 250
Black Hull
Black console and jockey seats
Black Carbon fibre effect tubes
Beige upholstery with the Parker logo tastefully embossed in the back rests
Subtle stainless steel handles and windscreen rail
Tinted windscreen
Teak deck
Stainless Steel or possibly black a frame (You choose Andre)
Lowrance HDS-8 with structure Scan

......... Thats my dream rib
Mmmm sounds familiar
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Morning mate, my opinion for what it is worth, I would like to see brighter colours and graphics, maybe a departure from jockey seats, I've been thinking for a long while about how to update a rib interior, lets face it, jockey seat have been about for more than two decades, I know they work well but there has to be something better, before you all say suspension seats, I agree but not as complicated as the ones about and not at the price, I need to think harder and out of the box
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lets face it, jockey seat have been about for more than two decades, I know they work well but there has to be something better
Yes, seem to remember Big John K has strong views on this
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My view, a leisure RIB of 7.5m and more will be an aspirational purchase. Throw as much high end kit at it as you can afford. On that basis I would say the 4 cylinder Verado is a no-no.
Other thoughts are bright attention grabbing colours for the tubes, and some eye catching, high quality brightwork i.e. keep those welds tidy
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Do manufacturers really build stock boats specifically for a boat show?

I would have thought you would build boats to order, or as a stock boat with a view to sell on promptly, in which case you should be looking at what your best selling boat is in what configuration and start with that.

Stock boats are generally middle spec boats that appeal to the widest audiance and give best chance to sell on.

Building something that is striking and different is all very well but it limits your market to the more extrovert people that a boat like that appeals to. Yes, it might get you attention and footfall but thats only good if it translates into customers.

For us, it has to be a big Verado outboard,

Console with double bolster seat and some sort of rear facing seat incorporated to the bolster (prehaps containing a fridge / sink / storage unit)

Rear bench seat with engine mounted in splash well and deck space between the bolster and bench for a table.

Raised foredeck / Sunpad with LARGE locker under for storage of all those bits....

Personally, white and black tubes, quality stainless fixtures, LED Lights and teak decking. I would want Garmin electronics as my experience with them has been first rate and they seem to be market leader in the UK where you are looking to sell this boat.

Im guessing for you thats circa 80k + so a big investment as a stock boat for a small dealer. Would make more sense to sweet talk a customer to use their boat for the show, decent scrub and polish and it should be as good as new!

I know for sure that if i was ordering any new build boat there would need to be a sizeable incentive before i was prepared to let a dealer use it as a show boat. I wouldnt want lots of people picking their way over my new boat! i have seen first hand how destructive some people can be!!
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