- Does Parker put foam flotation in their boats?Open or Close
Yes. All models within the Parker line are injected with closed cell polyurethane foam once the cockpit sole has been chemically and mechanically fastened. This will insure all available voids are filled with foam offering flotation, additional strength and sound dampening.
- What are the advantages of a heavily built boat?Open or Close
In Parker’s quest to build a long-lasting quality product, there have never been compromises made in achieving these goals. Parker could build the boats lighter, but unfortunately lighter means less material, and less material means less strength and less long-term durability. The quality of the ride as well as the strength relate highly to the heavy construction for which Parker is known. Parker customers have been attracted to our boats because of the strength and durability factors which relate directly to our multiple layers of chopped strand and woven roven that create the desired results. The efficient hull design, allowing Parker boats to plane easily and run more economically model for model than competitors, more than compensates for the heavy construction.
- Why do Parker boats seem so much bigger?Open or Close
- Where does Parker derive its superior strength ?Open or Close
The inherent strength of Parker boats comes from the heavy laminate schedule coupled with the transverse-braced, box grid stringer system composed of top-quality, marine-grade fir plywood.
- What type of gelcoat does Parker use ?Open or Close
Parker uses an ISO NPG (isophthalic neopentyl glycol) gelcoat. This is a premium gelcoat with enhanced UV inhibitors and improved flexibility characteristics which reduced fading, chalking and cracking. Parker chooses the off-white exterior to prevent undue maintenance caused from fading and chalking. The off-white color also reduces glare on bright days.
- What gives this stringer system superior strength ?Open or Close
The stringer system is a transverse braced, box grid stringer system specifically designed to offer an extremely tough boat for the harsh, saltwater environment.
- What laminates are used in the hull and decks ?Open or Close
Parker’s heavily built boats are constructed of a special blend of polyester resins and multiple layers of chopped strand mat and woven roven. These layers are properly positioned, giving maximum strength and durability. Additional laminates are placed in critical stress areas of the hulls and decks. Attention to the details required to build the best boat available is always applied to the process. There is no substitute for the time-honored methods employed by Parker which ensure maximum value to the Parker owner. The number of laminates varies according the hull size, but all Parker boats are still built as they were in the beginning — to meet the rigors and demands of even the heavy use of commercial boats.
- How does Parker provide such a dry ride ?Open or Close
The waters of coastal NC which are known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic” demand that a boat be designed to handle harsh sea conditions. Our heavy construction coupled with the wide Carolina flared bow, reverse chines and lifting strakes all work together to push water away from the boat providing a dry ride.
- How long do the boats stay in the mold ?Open or Close
Some manufacturers rotate molds several times a day however we at Parker keep the boat in the mold through the full cycle of transom and stringer installation. The boat is removed only after it is fully cured in the mold.
- Why does Parker not offer removable panels over the tank?Open or Close
After 20 years of manufacturing the most trouble-free boats on the market, Parker is still convinced that the best way to install fuel tanks is with minimal access ports. Obviously, access is needed for fill and vent lines and also for supply and sending unit access. Access to these ports can be provided by virtue of snap-in/out deck plates equipped with o-rings and bedded in sealants in order to maintain watertight integrity. While hatches over fuel tank compartments appear to be an excellent idea, in reality these hatches provide many linear feet of seam area which must be completely sealed and watertight in order to eliminate leaks and the corrosive life-shortening effects of sea-water. The presence of electrically charged sending units positioned on top of the fuel tanks makes it imperative that water access to the tank compartment be minimized, if not completely eliminated. Saltwater in presence of the electrical current required to operate the fuel guage sending unit ensures that electrolysis will ultimately require the replacement of the fuel tank if left unattended. In order to ensure the maximum watertight integrity of the fuel compartment, Parker chooses to create a solid deck area in the cockpit. In the unlikely event the fuel tank does need to be accessed for maintenance or replacement, this can be accomplished simply by cutting out the deck section over the tank and replacing the panel by fiberglassing it in place once again to ensure maximum integrity. If seperate hatches are installed with adhesives and sealants in an adequate manner to ensure watertight integrity, their removal and/or replacement would be equal in cost, if not more expensive than the Parker method. Again, function and long-term value is Parker’s main objective.
- Does Parker meet USCG and ABYC criteria ?Open or Close
Parker not only meets and exceeds USCG and ABYC criteria, we are also participating in the NMMA certification program.
- Who designs for Parker ?Open or Close
Parker handles the complete in-house capabilities for the entire boat building process from the initial design and tooling, through construction and assembly processes.
- Are Parker hulls cored ?Open or Close
Parker employs the tried and true method of a solid glass hull. History has shown solid glass construction to be superior for long-life and dependability. Cores have a tendency to flex, crack and breakdown with continuous harsh sea conditions.
- How does Parker produce a boat with exceptional quality ?Open or Close
Quality is built into the boat at every step of the process versus attempting to inspect it in at the end of the process. All craftsmen at Parker are mindful to the smallest detail.
- What grade stainless steel does Parker use ?Open or Close
Parker uses type 316 stainless steel for all deck hardware installations. Bow rails are one-piece welded units of type 304 stainless steel and mounted to the deck with blind fasteners. Both types of stainless steel are polished to a mirror finish to reduce corrosion.
- Where do I place my electronics on cabin models ?Open or Close
It is important to have the electronics placed in a manner at the helm in order to make them accessible and easy to read. To accomplish this, Parker has designed a laminated mounting boss over the helm, in the cabin top. This position enables the placement of the electronics in or close to the operator’s line of sight. Additional space, either center or on the port chart flat, allows for additional mounting areas. Radios can sometimes be placed on the dash area near the throttle and gear shift control. The range of available high-quality electronics in smaller and smaller packages make the mounting of these devices even easier. Your dealer is a great source for electronics installation ideas. Please contact them for information.
- Why are livewells above deck ?Open or Close
Keeping with the simple and functional approach, Parker chose to position live wells and coolers above deck for more convenient accessibility. This positioning of the live wells and coolers allows gravity to do the job that would otherwise require pumps.
- What trailer is recommended ?Open or Close
There are many quality trailer manufacturers today. It is important to select a well-built trailer that is appropriately sized to a fully loaded boat. The trailer needs to be adjusted by your dealer according to stringer placement. The dealer can assist you with the choice between bunk versus roller trailers to best suit your particular launching needs.
- What type of wiring is used throughout the boats ?Open or Close
Parker uses tinned stranded, marine grade wiring throughout the boat.
- What type of electrical panel is installed on the boat ?Open or Close
Electrical panels are marine-grade panels equipped with switches, breakers and wiring.
- What controls are used for dual-station with twin engines ?Open or Close
Electronic controls now allow for twin engine, second-station and tower applications with the use of Yamaha control heads. For more information on the Tech Marine controls installed, please visit www.techmarine.com.
- Are livewells specially designed to keep bait healty ?Open or Close
All livewells are rounded which aids in circulation and keeping bait alive and healthy.
- Where do livewells and fishboxes drain ?Open or Close
All livewells and fishboxes are located above deck and drain overboard. This design removes the need for pumps to drain water overboard. Cleaning is also made easier by keeping the boxes above deck.
- Where is the best place for transducer placement ?Open or Close
Your local Parker dealer can provide you with the best placement for transom-mounted or through-hull transducers. They install these items on a regular basis and will be best to assist you with the placement.
- Where can I find a boat cover for my boat ?Open or Close
Custom covers can be made by local fabricators to fit your boat. Your local Parker dealer can recommend reputable fabricators in your area. Customers have also recommended Boat Covers Direct as a source for generic covers www.boatcoversdirect.com.
- Where can I find heaters for the cabin ?Open or Close
Service and Support FAQ
- How do I transfer warranty ?Open or Close
Please fax a copy of the Bill of Sale along with your name, address, phone number and email address to the attention of Robin Parker at 252-728-1772.
- How do I schedule a factory tour ?Open or Close
We invite you to visit the factory so you can see from the inside-out how Parker boats are built. Factory tours are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 – 2:30. It is best to call in advance to schedule a time to walk through.
- What type of trim tabs are used on Parker boats ?Open or Close
All models fitted with electric trim tabs have been sized for optimum performance under normal operating conditions. Motor trim used in conjunction with trim tabs can provide the full range of boat attitude necessary to negotiate all sea conditions.
- What purpose does trim tabs serve ?Open or Close
Parker is designed to run under normal conditions without trim tabs. Under certain weather conditions and load conditions, all boats can benefit from adjustable trim tabs. Trim tabs provide the advantage of planing a boat at optimum performance through the complete range of speeds. Trim tabs are recommended for boats 21′ and larger. Trim tabs are available for 18′ Parkers but not needed.
- What is the purpose of the outboard bracket ?Open or Close
The outboard transom bracket provides several significant attributes which are worth mentioning.
- Positioning of the motors on a bracket outboard of the transom allows for significant enhancement of the interior design by virtue of allowing all mechanical aspects of the motor (i.e. wiring, fuel lines, steering mechanism, etc.) to be mounted out of sight. This allows the interior of the transom to take on the appearance of much larger inboard boats.
- The positioning outboard of the transom also creates a noise barrier between the engine and occupants of the boat. This results in a significant reduction in noise level.
- In some cases, the full transom is appealing because it provides a barrier from following seas.
- How are Parker hulls designed to perform in harsh sea conditions ?Open or Close
Parker’s coastal NC method of building boats offers a sharp degree of entry forward to provide a soft ride and unparalleled stability.
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