Southampton Boat Show: Scorpion encourages more affordable ribbing

PSP Southampton Boat Show
Launch News

Scorpion encourages more affordable ribbing with the launch
of the Scorpion Sport 6.5m – Stand J:008 in Solent Park

To date Scorpion has always built its RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) to order.  Now, as part of its overall growth plans, the company is introducing a new range of four standard production models, based on the famous Scorpion hull.  The new range sees the re-introduction of a smaller boat based on Scorpion’s popular 6.5m which ceased production eight years ago. The Scorpion Sport is launching at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.

According to Patrick Byrne, Managing Director of Scorpion RIBs, “The 6.5m was a very popular boat which was usurped as the demand for larger boats grew. 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 standard range based on customer feedback. The Sport at 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. Over the last six months the boat has been tested independently and has been very well received. As with all Scorpions you need to drive it to believe in it.”

The Scorpion Sport is the smallest model in a stunning range that currently stretches up to the Sting at 10m in length, launched last year.  This new baby in the Scorpion family introduces the delights of owning and running a Scorpion to a wider, but still highly discerning, audience.  She’s a fun boat, good in all weathers and ideal for family use and is really enjoyable to drive. Capable of 35+ knots, the Sport is easy to trail and manage in and out of the water.

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 these tougher economic times. By producing a smaller, and significantly cheaper production model, the company is expanding its customer base at a time when some other manufacturers are keeping their heads down. With the purchase of a Scorpion Sport the owner immediately climbs onto a higher rung of that aspirational ladder but at a more affordable outlay.

The Scorpion Sport is a complete package and comes fully loaded at an all-in retail price of £48,449 inc. VAT@ 17.5%.*

Scorpion Sport Technical Specification:
Length overall: 6740mm
Beam overall:   2600mm
Weight:   720kg
Engine :   Suzuki 140hp
Fuel tank:  165 litres +
Tube diameter:  450mm
Number of chambers : 5
Maximum load capacity: 1003kg
CE category: B

Package Includes:


Sea Start Hydraulic Steering

Icom Radio

Lopo Navigation Lights

Anchor with Chain and warp

Individual seat covers

Flexiteak Decking

Foot pump and Mooring warps

Delivery UK mainland

Scorpion 2-year warranty
Also exhibited at this year’s Show is another member of the new range, the Scorpion Serket (8.5m) with twin Mercury 200hp Verados.  She provides security and balance and is a go-anywhere boat that has had a very successful trial period in Majorca this summer where the first Scorpion Serket is being delivered.  As with all Scorpions, she provides a dry and comfortable ride and is a pleasure to drive. The standard package price of £98,750 inc. VAT @17.5%* includes a table and a cool box.

As is usual with all the Scorpion models, there is the opportunity to order a bespoke version by arrangement.  The new standard range comprises:

  • Scorpion Sport
  • Scorpion Serket
  • Scorpion Selene
  • Scorpion Sting

* VAT is reverting to 17.5% in January 2010


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