Sea Ray Boats Releases it’s all new Sport Boat Models to the Press
Sea Ray Boats unveiled half a dozen new sport boats this week, two of searay boats were jet boat. The release was held at a special event just for the press. The release was held at its Vonore, Tenn. facility this morning.
Matt Guilford, the VP of marketing for the Brunswick Boat Group, was quoted as saying that Sea Ray’s new models marry jet propulsion with a genuine sport boat experience. The vice president was speaking at a presentation held in Sea Ray’s own conference center, the Tellico center, located by the Tennessee River. Ten journalists, all from prestigious media firms like iBoats.com, Boating World and Lakeland Boating, were welcomed by technical experts and executives as they arrived at the Tellico center to report on the debut of the new products: the 220 and 240 sport boats and their stern drive equivalents, and the 21 and 24 Jet models. To mark the opening of the two-day event on Wednesday evening, a gathering of the media was held at a restaurant in nearby Maryville. Speaking to a reporter at the presentation, Mark Guilford noted that the ongoing recovery of the marine sector has been led by jet boats and aluminum boats. He attributed this to the existence of an established market and the exit of rivals See-Doo from the field of jet boat manufacture. This had opened up opportunities for Sea Ray. Consumer preference had also played a part, he stated, remarking that boat enthusiasts appreciated the increased safety provided by a propeller-free design and the advantages of jet boats for operation in shallow water.
The layout of jet boats also appeals to consumers. Because of their engines’ reduced envelope sizes, Guilford pointed out, jet boats do not require a stern sun pad or doghouse, providing more design flexibility. Another attractive feature was the aggressive pricing of the jet boats, Guilford indicated. Among the newest additions to Sea Ray’s catalog are the deck boats: outboard-powered, with hulls that have been redesigned from the keel upwards.
The Sundeck stern drive models (the 220 and 240) have the same basic hull design as earlier models but have been updated with new cockpit and deck designs. Compared with the stern drive versions, the outboard-powered models attract consumers with their flexibility, convenience and lower cost, Guilford stated. EPA regulation of stern drive systems raises the overall cost of the vessels, making the outboard-powered models considerably lower-cost than the stern drive equivalent — especially smaller models.
Consumers can already buy the deck boats but those looking for Sea Ray boats for sale will have to wait till late summer or the beginning of fall for the jet boats. Weber Motor’s director of sales and marketing, Dan Schroepfer, was on hand to discuss the engines used on the jet boats: Weber jet drives and four-stroke engines. The 21 is a case in point, using a 120 horsepower T-Weber MPE 850TC 4-stroke engine. Schroepfer noted that this engine is intercooled and turbocharged. In the case of the 24 jet boat, a higher-powered version of the same engine is used, one with 155 horsepower. If you want to learn more about Sea Ray boats, you can visit the SeaRay boats website at searay.com.
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