Thought I would start here. Do any of you guys/gals have a late 80-mid-early 90's 21' center console Parker that you have had for a while and re-powered? I am looking at a 2002 21' hull with a 150hp-don't know what kind of engine for x amount of money and was wondering if in say the next 4-6 years need to re-power does the hull have good integrity? I am not a big fan of Parkers but need a new boat! And need to know if the hull will be good for say 8-10 years. Thanks for your help in advance.
I have a repowered 88 parker 25' sport cabin. It's the best boat I've ever owned. I bought the boat in 2004, boat had been repowered in late 2001, used for 18 hours, and laid up on the hard. Motor had 18 hours on it when i bought it - yamaha 200HP HPDI
i bought the boat hoping that when I paid the loan off, I would be ready for a repower (and finance the motor through yammy). My motor has about 1200 hours on it, still looks and runs and starts like new.
My boat has wood in it- wood cored decking etc. My deck has a few small soft spots, but nothing major - my hull and deckhouse were in A1 condition. The boat is 20 years old, and I can accept that.
The 2002 you speak of is a wood free build - it should (and will) last forever properly cared for. I assume the 2002 you are looking at has a yamaha (rarely are they powered any other way).
I find the parkers to be no-nonsense, pure fish boats. They are tough, heavily built, and simple. The only upgrade as I see it out of my 25 parker is a 28 parker, or a downeast in the 28-30 class.
That being said, my hull is a modified V, which is a GOOD sea boat, but it can be brutal in a head sea because it's overwide (9'6) with all the beam at the bow. If I slow the boat down I can go through any sea, though, with confidence. I have been out and gotten hit witn some pretty serious weather, and I've always been confident I can get back in with safety (and be dry to boot).
A 2002 motor (if its a yamaha) should last you a while - the motors today (in the last 8 years or so) are so well built, that if they are properly cared for could last you the life of the boat.
This post edited by CaptainJimmy 06:36 PM 08/05/2008