Originally Posted by Jeff
I love the Standard concept but IMHO it's poorly executed. It should be a high quality but basic v-drive bow rider. It seems to be marketed as a hardcore board sport boat but it's pretty much a crossover. I can't imagine there's many wakeboarders/surfers out there who bought a direct drive closed bow because that's specifically what they wanted. They bought that style of boat because it's what their budget permitted. If those same boat buyers had more money I'd bet that almost none of them would buy a brand new direct drive closed bow but rather a used V-drive bow rider of some sort. I'd certainly go for the used v-drive.
I would take the closed bow and a vdrive. Reworking the 2001 hull for an open bow would increase the cost significantly.
No offense, but this is the problem. Entry level turns into "it needs this, it needs that, it needs to be high quality, etc." Tack on all the frills, trim that people consider high quality, and your entry level boat now costs 50k.
30k for a new boat, 100%fiberglass construction with plumbing for sacks and wiring for a stereo. Let the customer complete the rest as their budget allows. PCM power would be great, but Merc isnt bad. The frustrating part is Standard wasn't too far off. Maybe the market just isnt there for a 2001 vdrive. If anyone reading this know the guys at Standard, let me know.