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Chaparral Boats, Inc. announces entrance into the jet boat market

Chaparral Boats Inc.
April 29, 2013
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Nashville, GA - Chaparral Boats, Inc. announced a supply agreement today with Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) to power a planned new line of jet boats, slated for introduction later this year.

“BRP is excited to begin this relationship with Chaparral Boats, a company with a proud heritage, excellent reputation and one that shares our commitment to the marine industry,” said Alain Villemure, Vice President and General Manager of BRP’s Marine Propulsion System division.

“BRP’s Rotax 4-TEC in-board jet propulsion system is a proven power source and the perfect complement to Chaparral’s award-winning line-up of boats.  We believe that this strategic relationship promises to deliver consumers a best-in-class boating experience that’s supported by an outstanding dealer network.”

Chaparral, a company noted for its design innovation, plans to enter the jet market with the same enthusiasm. “We’ve got exciting styling, performance and quality innovations on the way,” said Chaparral Founder, Buck Pegg “We are excited about the developments we have planned.”

“Our decision to move into jet propulsion expands our fleet and is in keeping with our strategy to bring new people into boating by offering Chaparral quality and style at value-minded prices,” said Jim Lane, Chaparral President. “Our brand is already associated with luxury family sport boats, sport yachts, cruisers, and through our Robalo line, sport fishing boats. The move into jet power is a perfect fit.”

Lane sees Chaparral’s new jet boats as an added profit center for its dealer network while also offering the company a chance to expand its reach into new markets.

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2 Responses to “Chaparral Boats, Inc. announces entrance into the jet boat market”

  1. Curtis on April 30th, 2013 3:52 pm

    This is about the dumbest idea I have heard, well at least since Sea ray thought is was going to be a good idea. Seadoo drops the best selling jet boat line and now others think it’s a good idea to start one up.

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  2. John Medaris on December 14th, 2013 8:35 pm

    I was disappointed to learn that Sea Doo was dropping its line of sport boats. I ended up buying a new supercharged Sea Doo GTX215 jet ski that I am delighted with and would love to have the same power plant x2 giving me 430 hp but with the economy of a 4-stroke and raw power when I want it in a 20′ sport boat with the same sophisticated electronics as my jet ski, and still be able to keep my jet boat service manager and mechanic who have been nothing short of great with my old Yamaha LS2000. I am hopeful that Chaparral can match the pricing and features that Sea Doo could because after owning a jet boat that could outrun and out-maneuver almost everything on the water, I can’t see myself ever going to a boat with all the drawbacks of an outdrive. I could run circles around those boats and could do a 180 at nearly 60mph in the boat’s own length. Quite a thrill ride. Not ready to go with a floating bathtub which most other outdrives look like to me by comparison, especially on the water. Give me an economical, low maintenance, lean, mean muscle machine that has the maneuverability of a jet ski and the draft of a skiff!

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