Factory

Today, Parker Marine Enterprises operates in a modern, state-of-the-art 225,000 sq. ft. production facility that compares with the finest in the industry. Parker Marine takes pride in their capability keep the entire building process in-house, from initial design and tooling through constructing, assembly, testing and shipping are all controlled by some of the toughest standards in the industry, our own! At Parker, “overbuilt” is an understatement.
All Parker boats are hand-laid from the finest roll stocks and resins available. All deck hardware is thru-bolted stainless steel with back plates. NO DETAIL IS TOO SMALL TO BE CONSIDERED UNIMPORTANT IN A PARKER.

1 MOLD MAINTENANCE 

The most critical phase of construction is when the designer’s creation is lifted from drawings and transformed into reality. During this first stage of construction, exact replicas are built of each future part, called “plugs”.  Parker builds their plugs using the same time-tested “Strip Planking” techniques that have produced the truest custom hulls built in the last two centuries. The plugs are polished to a fine flawless porcelain finish, which will be the molds that follow. All Parker molds are waxed and hand-polished to a high-gloss finish to insure that the fiberglass parts made from them will reflect the same high quality every time.

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2 GELCOAT

In a fully temperature-controlled environment of the gel booth, highly-trained technicians apply the finest gel coat into the molds. This process insures each Parker will have a durable, yet superior bright, glossy finish which will last for many years in the harshest elements.

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3 LAMINATION 

PHASE ONE

Once the molds receive gel coat, the most imperative phase of lamination takes place, called the “skin-out”. This skin-out stage involves hand-rolling the first layer or laminate of fiberglass into the mold. Great attention is given during this stage of the process, as this is the foundation for all following laminates. As standard practice, Parker’s highly-trained technicians meticulously inspect each and every skin-out. If there’s a flaw here it can mean future gel patches or delamination.

Now with a flawless foundation in place, the major lamination are hand-fitted, wetted-out using Parker’s innovative blend of resins, and hand-rolled to ensure precise evenness in the laminate. Excess resin is then systematically squeegeed out of all low areas and recesses to prevent resin from puddling, causing “hot spots,” and avoiding any heat ripples in the parts to eliminate post-curing and shrinkage.

PHASE TWO

The stringer system in every Parker is constructed of select “Boat Ply,” a solid fir plywood specifically designed with extra laminates necessary in boat building, and bedded in the hull using a polyester and fiberglass bedding compound. This technique safeguards against voids between the stringers and hull. After the stringers are securely bonded in place, they are completely encapsulated in fiberglass and resin, preventing moisture intrusion and guaranteeing the longevity and strength for which Parkers are known.

The term “Parker Double-Hull Construction” resonates from the construction techniques used to make every cockpit-sole of each Parker, an integrated structural part of the Parker hull. The same wood material used in the stringer system is hand-fitted to the hull and stringers, encapsulated in fiberglass and resin, mechanically fastened with only stainless steel fasteners, and then chemically bonded to the hull with fiberglass. During this process, the sub-deck wiring and piping is installed. The fuel tanks, constructed 5052 marine aluminum alloy and zinc-chromated to discourage corrosion, are mechanically fastened to the stringers using stainless steel fasteners and foamed in place. Then the fiberglass chambers in the hull are injected with two-pound density foam, providing sound dampening, superior floatation and the structural integrity Parkers are famous for.

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5 PRE-ASSEMBLY

In the final stages, the interior of each hull is hand-sanded in the grinding booth. Each hull then returns to the gel booth for a non-glare, satin interior finish.

Parker decks are hand-laid, much like the hulls, and reinforced with “select boat panels.” These reinforcement parts are pattern cut with feather ground edges, bedded in fiberglass, then fully encapsulated in fiberglass.

In the pre-finish area, each part undergoes a thorough cosmetic and structural inspection before being allowed to continue through production. All parts are trimmed and indexed for proper fit and ease of installation. Templates are made using molded splashes and precision fitted jigs with router tracks, so each cut is accurate time after time, maintaining tight seals and watertight integrity of windows and hatches on every Parker. Welded stainless steel bow rails are thru-bolted onto crisp molded deck tow-rails, and navigation lights are pre-installed to complete the pre-assembly rigging and ready the parts for final installation.

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6 ASSEMBLY

In the first stage of assembly, the hull is prepared to receive the pre-rigged deck. The finished deck is lifted and set on the hull, much like a bottle cap, and checked for proper fit. Then the deck is thru-bolted to the hull using stainless steel bolts and nuts. This ensures any flex in the joint will be minimal that the watertight gasket/caulk seal will not be violated. A heavy-duty, three-piece extruded nylon rub rail, not just for looks but for function, is installed to finish the marriage of the Parker hull to the deck.

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7 FINAL FINISH 

The final touches, including installation of trim and doors, are now complete. A custom Parker electric panel is installed, with each circuit independently fused. Parker would only select the very best in reliability and performance to power its boats. This is why each Parker is equipped with the legendary power, thrust and fuel efficiency of Yamaha behind it.

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