Sea Ray, Knoxville, TN, is launching a new sport boat series featuring jet propulsion technology. The company plans to release a 21-foot sport boat this fall, followed shortly by a 24-foot model.
Rob Noyes, Sea Ray's Vice-President of Marketing, explained why the company chose to launch the new models. "There is consumer demand for such products and they compliment our current sport boat line-up,' explains Noyes in an interview with Boating Business. "Our dealers are an integral part of our research and design process. They are very excited to be able to offer these products to consumers in their markets.'
Robert J. Parmentier, President Sea Ray Group says the development of the new jet propulsion sport boats is part of the company's ongoing effort to reach the full spectrum of recreational boaters. "We are proud to announce our exclusive partnership with renowned German engine manufacturer Weber Motor to build the four-stroke engines and jet propulsion that will power the all-new Sea Ray models,' says Parmentier. "Our new partnership with Weber Motor will equip us with a more complete product offering, benefiting customers who value the unique characteristics and advantages of jet-powered boating.'
Weber Motor, based in Markdorf, Germany, is an award-winning independent company that has earned accolades for its marine, off-road and on-road engines. "This exclusive partnership will showcase the finest in German engineering and American ingenuity,' says CEO Christian Weber of the benefits of working with Sea Ray.
Weber Motor also has experience working with other recreational marine manufacturers including Williams Performance Tenders, Nautica International and Zodiac rigid inflatable boats, and Polaris Industries personal watercraft.
Sea Ray believes the new boats' low emission levels made possible by Weber Motor's engine technology will offer it a competitive advantage. According to Parmentier, the Weber jet-powered sport boats will be the first and only models available to meet California 4-Star low emission levels.