Rec Boat Holdings Completes First Scarab Jet Boat


Employees of Rec Boat Holdings, Cadillac, Michigan, celebrated the completion of their very first jet boat, the Scarab 195 HO late last week. The company is currently working on two brands of jet models, Scarab and Glastron. Rec Boat Holdings is also the builder of the Four Winns and Wellcraft brands.

The 195 HO rolled off the line at the company's headquarters in Cadillac, Michigan. Rec Boat Holdings announced on May 2 that it would be entering the jet-propelled runabout segment as well as the rebirth of its Scarab boat brand and 18 to 20-foot jet models for the Glastron brand.

The first Glastron jet, a GT 187 model, is scheduled to be completed his month. Both the Scarab 195 HO and Glastron GT 187 utilize BRP's Rotax 4-TEC 1503 jet propulsion system.

“This new business is very exciting for us,” stated Roch Lambert, Group President, Rec Boat Holdings. "Our employees responded quite well to the challenge of bringing these new boats to production in a rapid and efficient manner. This new line of jet boats complements our core business very well and provides additional growth and profit opportunities for our current networks as well as future retailers for our brands.”

Rec Boat Holdings anticipates the new line of Scarab jet-powered boats to be a strong competitor in the fibreglass runabout category. It plans to expand the line in additional size ranges.

The Rotax power options will provide the brands with horsepower ranging from
150 to 250 hp. Rec Boat Holdings says the jet propulsion application allows for greater flexibility in the design of the boat's aft portion and cockpit.

The boat builder is planning a marketing campaign that will begin in early December, aligned with the kick-off of the boat show season. The company is currently recruiting new dealers to carry the Scarab boat line.

A global dealer meeting is planned for mid-October where the entire line up will be introduced to dealers and media.

Specifications
Scarab 195 (*preliminary)

LOA………………………….. 18' 10″ (5.73m)
BEAM……………………….. 8' (2.43m)
FUEL CAPACITY………….. 31gal. US (117 L)
DRAFT………………………. 12″ (30 cm)
MAX CAPACITY…………… 1400 lbs. (635 kg) (US)
PERSONS CAPACITY……. 8 (US)
APPROX. DRY WEIGHT…. 2600 lbs. (1179 kg)
TRAILER WEIGHT………… 834 lbs. (378 kg)
DEADRISE………………….. 20°