As a dealer for Sea Doo sport boats since their inception we agree with BRP in their decision to exit the boat market. The problems had nothing to do with product quality or engineering, it had everything to do with the wrong dealer network and too many unqualified dealers selling a product they couldn't represent or service properly. There are other behind the scenes reasons such as once per year ordering and poor options choices for the consumer. Having to order millions of dollars in inventory in September of each year was a crap shoot as we never knew if we had second guessed the market 9 months ahead accurately. If we ran out of a particular model we found ourselves trying to find it at another dealership who typically did not have what the customer wanted. By BRP selling engine package systems directly to the manufacturers through their MPS (marine propulsion systems) division BRP, dealers, and the consumer will be better off overall. RBH (Rec Boat Holdings) will offer a comparable (Glastron) or better (Scarab) product which will be sold by marine dealers only, not powersports dealers. Chaparral will be equivalent to the Scarab in terms of fit and finish and is equally determined to have the right dealers represent them. Being able to initially purchase a representative sample of the product line and then order boats as we need them will help us during this economic depression we are in and give the consumer a better choice for options. You may have to travel a little bit further to a dealer however, when you get there, the dealer will be better qualified to handle your needs. Neither Chaparral nor RBH purchased any hulls, RBH purchased the rights to manufacture the "Venus" project which is now known as the Scarab 195. I had the pleasure of driving the prototype at the Sea Doo test facility in August of 2012 and was impressed with it's features. Scarab has only improved the design since they have been working on it. The Sea Doo boat may be gone but it's heart will live on for many years to come in the Glastron, Scarab, and Chaparral.
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