Below are some stories we've received from proud Parker boat owners. Please tell us your story. We'd love to hear from you!
"I purchased my 2520 XL in 2004 after owning center consoles and I could not imagine going back to an open boat. High sides, huge cockpit and a warm, dry pilothouse make this boat a fisherman's dream. The boat goes in the water in April and we fish it through Christmas."
- Chris Marsala
"From the moment I stepped on a Parker at a boat show I wanted one. I saved my pennies and found a previously owned Parker. You were very helpful in tracking the history of my boat, down to the day, time and style of accessories that shipped with the hull from the factory. I was very impressed I actually got an email back from Robin Parker with info on the hull.
"Upon purchase, I tricked it out with a Raymarine C-80 with the nicer bronze through hull package including the 2k radar package. I have 2 VHF Icom and Standard radios. I also have a Garmin Depth Finder for backup to my Raymarine package. I have the nicer Taco Outrigger package and it really adds a nice spread when fishing for tuna in the summer. Thank you for designing a good hard top.
"My power comes from a 2003 200hp Yamaha 2 stroke. Gas consumption is really good. I want to move up to a bigger Parker in the next few years. Just got new canvases and the enclosure keeps me warm during the cool northeastern winters. This will be my first year keeping the boat in all year.
"This is the best boat for this economy. Some things should remain simple and uncomplicated. Your boat design is just that. You have a classic design that you don't need to mess with. I want to continue to customize my Parker with teak and holly for the huge fishing deck that you designed.
"I have a 50-ton Captain's License and will start to run charters in this boat. I feel it will give the safety and ability to run a profitable business regardless of inclement weather.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you...
"P.S. I owned a Mako CC and this boat is by far a better Hull..."
- George Roach
"I took delivery of my Parker 2120 in April of this year from Jacobsen's Marine in Seattle, and I wasn't sure I was going to like my decision to go smaller -- I had just sold my 58' yacht, and moved to the San Juan Islands from Seattle with the intention of using the Parker for fishing, island hopping and cruising around this beautiful part of the world. Wow, the Parker has worked out far better than I could have ever imagined! This region is known for its extreme marine environments, and I never even check the weather before I go out -- I can trust this boat in any weather! I equipped the boat for single-handed operation and fishing, and I have encountered everything from 14-foot, wind-blown seas during the spring shrimp fishery to the icy, wind-blown chop of the current fall salmon season, and I've never had to worry about any of it -- I can just focus on fishing! This particular 2120 came with a galley which I put to good use just about every time out. I equipped the boat with everything from a full array of electronics, shore power and fishing equipment to diesel, forced air cabin heat -- this is my 20th boat, and I've never had more fun than I am with my Parker! Thank you for building such an outstanding product -- I'm in heaven, and the Parker fits right in!"
- Herb Brackman
"I love my Parker! Each time we go out I am reminded that by her performance and workmanship. We have had our 2320 for only three months but have been very successful in fishing as well as pleasure cruises with friends (mostly fishing, sometimes both). I have attached a photo of my son gaffing an albacore tuna for my brother on a recent trip 50 miles offshore of San Diego. A great day on the water. Did I mention I love my Parker? Our dealer was very helpful and knowledgeable, making our purchase smooth and easy. Tight lines."
- Dave and Kelli
"I went 4-6 on sailfish Saturday, 7/14/07 8 miles off Wrightsville. It was truly an incredible morning of fishing. All fish were caught on ballyhoo, 80 lb leaders and 8/0 Owner hooks w/ Bluewater Candy skirts. The rods were TLDs w/ 25 lb test Momoi mono.
"I was fishing by myself on our 25' Parker, Mustang Sally. None of my sons or fishing buddies could go. A special thanks to Capt. Carl Snow on the Fish Witch II for his willingness to give me room to fight the fish. I had 3 different episodes of multiple strikes, and ended up going 4-6, all fish released to fight another day."
- Harry Archer III
"Hard to believe, but next week marks the 10 year anniversary of Jus' Restin'! It's been the greatest purchase of my life, more fun times and adventures that a man can stand. Finally got into the tuna last year, which was the ultimate goal. Best wishes to all who continue to make the most reliable and affordable boat on the market. She looks as good today as when I bought her!"
- Captain Gary Wilder
"My husband Rob and his friend Forrest McCall with the sailfish. This was caught while fishing on Forrest's 23 Parker."
- Carolyn McEachern
"Dear Parker Boat Team, I started fishing with a friend from work about 6 years ago on his 23' Parker CC. I immediately fell in love with the boat. I had been comparing, fishing on, planning for and just about everything short of buying an offshore boat of my own for many years. I just couldn't find what I really wanted. I had fished on many boats built all over the US but never a Parker until then. I found it. I found the boat for me.
"On many occasions I expressed how much I liked that Parker and actually told my friend, 'If you ever decide to sell this boat please tell me first and I'll probably buy it.' Well, that day came early last year. I got the call that the Parker was indeed for sale and my reply was: 'No it's not, I'll take it.' A quick phone call to my wife to explain why I would soon have 2 fishing boats was all I needed. I bought the Parker the next week and we've been fishing buddies since. I love to bottom fish and the Parker 23 CC is the best of them all. The Yamaha 200 HPDI is very fuel efficient and quiet. The boat handles the seas with ease a lot like a 26-foot or larger. More room than any other I've been in and it is bullet proof! Thank you for building my dream boat. I will keep it until she lets me get the 25 Parker I've been looking at weekly! Thanks again to the pros at Parker Boats!"
- Alan Beasley
Reel Groovy Fishing Team
"This is a 1994 Parker bought new in NC. It has many hours on it in support of both the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadrons here in SC."
- Commodore Jay Dahlgren, USCGA
"I would like to say I grew up in south Fla. on charter fishing boats 40'+ and fishing is what I love to do. I bought my 23' Parker & have caught bigger fish and had to buy a chest freezer to keep my fish. 90-lb wordfish, 225-lb mako, 72-lb kingfish.
"This boat is one bad fishing machine... Thanks for building such a good boat."