Scorpion - Scorpion encourages more affordable ribbing with launch of 6.5m at RIBEX 8-10 May 2009

To date Scorpion has always built its RIBs to order. As part of its growth plans however, the company is introducing a limited range of standard boats.

The first of these is an updated version of the 6.5 metre, a model that was last produced from the Lymington-based yard in 2001. 

According to Patrick Byrne of Scorpion RIBs:

"The 6.5m was a very popular boat. We have had many requests for its re-introduction and the originals are in high demand. We are expanding our sales base and introducing a range of products that customers can buy `off the shelf´. The 6.5m is a good place to start. This boat is competitively priced and in the past the residual values have held up very well, so it is an ideal Scorpion starter boat ...until of course you get drawn into the attractions of long distant ribbing." 

The Scorpion 6.5 m, the smallest model in a stunning range that currently stretches from 7.5 m up to 10 m, brings the delights of owning and running a Scorpion to a wider, but still a highly discerning audience. Scorpion has identified that there is a large enough market out of there of potential customers wishing to buy a Scorpion but perhaps finding it difficult to justify purchasing one of the larger models during a recession. 

By producing a smaller, and significantly cheaper production model, Scorpion plans to expand its customer base at a time when some other manufacturers are keeping their heads down. By purchasing a 6.5 m Scorpion RIB as opposed to any other marque, the owner immediately climbs onto a higher rung of that aspirational ladder but for a more affordable outlay. 

Scorpion is producing two versions of the 6.5 m; the Basic model package at £35,325 inc. VAT and a Deluxe model priced at £38,750 inc. VAT. 

Included as standard in the basic model/price:
o Famous Scorpion deep-V hull
o 2 x 2-man jockey seats
o New ergonomically designed console which incorporates a forward facing seat
o M84 8"Northstar Chartplotter and VHF Radio
o Suzuki 140hp* 4 cylinder outboard engine
o SeaStar hydraulic system steering
o Five chamber Scorpion made, Hypalon tubes in one colour with rubbing strake, and moulded grab handles
o Lopo Navigation lights
o Underdeck built-in fuel tank +/- 160 litres 

*Other engine options available Yamaha 150 and Evinrude 130 

The Deluxe model incorporates a different seating plan with twin single jockey seats and an aft bench seat. As usual with a Scorpion there will still be the opportunity of a bespoke version by arrangement. 

The Basic and Deluxe 6.5 m demo models will both be on show and ready to demonstrate for the first time to the press and public at RIBEX in Cowes, Isle of Wight, between 8-10 May. 

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