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Ed Stone posted 04-27-2002 10:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for Ed Stone   Send Email to Ed Stone  
I know just the thought of it would
make some people mad.
Keep the same basic hull design.
Not alot of bells & whistles.Just a
good solid boat.Maybe work a deal with
Tempo or Pate tanks and build the seat
to except twin 27 gal. tanks.
If they kept the prices competitive
they would attract a whole new group
of consumers.
Ed Stone
James posted 04-27-2002 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     

Your idea reminds me of the Maritime Skiff.

A dealer that I spoke with it Florida told me that Whaler's primary interest after the soon to be introduced 15 footer is going to be in the bigger boats, the new 24, 27 and 29, not necessarily the obvious 190.


PMUCCIOLO posted 04-28-2002 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
Ed Stone,

Unfortunately, James hit the proverbial nail on the head! Almost every marine manufacturer, including Boston Whaler (who is known for its "small" boat fleet) has shifted focus to larger boats. Apparently, the profit margin on the larger boats is a larger percentage of the MSRP.

Also, demand plays a large part in this. For instance, both Bertram and Hatteras, once famous for their smaller sportfisherman, don't make many boats under 39 feet (Bertram) and 50 feet (Hatteras). The reason? They can't keep up with production on the larger boats (above 50 feet) in their line! Boy, what a problem!

The profit margin increases as the luxury item becomes more expensive, and the manufacturers are responding accordingly.


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