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.