The Scarab is Back!… a Jet Boat???

Rec Boat Holdings enters jet boat market

May 2, 2013 

Scarab® brand is re-launched with jet power; Glastron® adds jet models to 2014 line

Cadillac, Michigan, May 2, 2013 – Rec Boat Holdings, maker of Four Winns, Glastron and Wellcraft brands, today announces their entry into the jet boat segment, re-launching the Scarab brand as a jet boat line, as well as two new jet models in the Glastron line. The new boats are scheduled to roll out as soon as this summer. A long-term supply agreement with BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division enables the company to power the new boats with its quality Rotax 4-TEC 1503 jet propulsion system.

“The Scarab launch and entrance into the jet segment is the next evolution for the company and is part of the overall business plan of expansion and investment in the marine segment,” stated Roch Lambert, Group President, Rec Boat Holdings.

Since the acquisition by Platinum Equity three years ago, Rec Boat Holdings has invested heavily in new product development to bring the boat companies back to today’s market with all new designs from bow to stern. At their dealer meeting last August, the company introduced all-new product lines for Four Winns and Glastron displaying more than 40 new models. The company has recently introduced new interior packages on many Wellcraft models as the brand begins the same return to the marketplace.

“The Scarab name carries a tremendous amount of brand equity,” continued Lambert. “A segment of the marine market that has been previously occupied by a limited number of jet boat makers will now open up with a high-profile brand from a builder with expertise in boat manufacturing and jet propulsion.”

The new line of Scarab jet powered boats will be a strong competitor in the fiberglass runabout category. Designed to capture the performance heritage of the Scarab brand with the edginess of a jet boat, the new line promises to turn heads on and off the water. Each model will appeal to the motorsports-minded boater with comfort and functionality for the family throughout. The company plans to recruit high- performing dealers in key markets around the world that will grow the business with a new brand product in the segment.

In addition to the new line of Scarab models, the company will introduce two new jet boats for Glastron. The new Glastron models will be powered by the Rotax marine engines as well, and are designed to fit within the all-new GT series of boats.

Lambert added, “Not only are we coming out with more exciting new products, we are opening up even larger opportunities for our dealers. The jet products strategically complement our current offering which in turn provides our networks with a tremendous opportunity to grow their businesses.”

The company plans to push the advantages of the Rotax jet propulsion system over others in the market today. Rotax is a quality system with decades of proven reliability in the marketplace. Consumer confidence will be a key factor with the jet products the company will offer and the Rotax power plays an important role in that objective.

“We’ve only recently announced our new in-board jet propulsion system business and are pleased that Rec Boat Holdings has chosen this technology for their Scarab line,” stated Alain Villemure, vice president and general manager, BRP Marine Propulsion System division. “We are confident that our collaboration will yield an impressive line-up of boats for consumers.”

The new Scarab jet line will be a stand-alone brand. The fishing models of the Wellcraft Scarab line (30 Sport, 30 Tournament, 35 Sport, and 35 Tournament) will be re-branded ‘Scarab Offshore’, under the Wellcraft brand.

That’s Just Ducky!

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong

The Worlds Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong sculpture Hong Kong ducks

The Worlds Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong sculpture Hong Kong ducks

The Worlds Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong sculpture Hong Kong ducks


This week conceptual artist Florentijin Hofman brought his gargantuan Rubber Duck artwork to Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. The huge inflatable duck measures nearly 46 feet tall and 55 feet long and is shown above being pulled by a tug boat only a fraction of its size. Hofman is well known for his grandiose and whimsical sculptures that seem born with the primary goal of inducing as many smiles possible. Via the artist’s website:

Is Bigger Really Better?

   I've read over the past couple of days about an ongoing boat test by a boating magazine. I am not going to name the magazine or the boat brand and model that they are currently testing even though what I am writing about really doesn't cast a bad light on either one of them but just to be on the safe side……here we go.

   The boat is being marketed as “The World's Largest _________” but when I looked at the pictures some questions came to mind that sort of tie in with another post I wrote. How big is too big? Can you have too much boat? and more importantly should a boat manufacturer be able to tout that their boat is the “largest”, “biggest”, “widest”, “roomiest”, etc. just because they have added on an additional part to increase the length or beam?

   Shouldn't a  more accurate indicator of how ‘big” a boat is by attributed to how much living space it has? Should an extended swim platform or an extra long bow pulpit count? Does it even matter?

   Personally I think it does. I think manufacturers do a disservice not only to their brand but also to their customers by adding on these parts just for marketing purposes. Everyone wants to wear the crown and seems to be willing to do whatever they can to lay claim to a title.

  In this current economic climate aren't we well past the “I've got to have the biggest, newest, shiniest, fastest, most expensive” new gizmo? Haven't most of learned the hard economic reality of either living within or slightly below our means?

   How much boat is too much? How much is just enough? Is bigger really better?

                                                                                                                                                       Capt. Patrick

The 1st Ridiculous Boating Injury Lawsuit of 2012 Has Arrived!

Woman sues boat operator, renter
Deondra Scott was seriously injured by a propeller at Lake Norman event in June.
By Gary L. Wright
By Gary L. Wright The Charlotte Observer
Posted: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012
   A Charlotte woman who lost one of her arms and her breasts after being struck by a boat propeller on Lake Norman last June has sued the boat operator.
   Deondra Scott – who also is suing the boat manufacturer and the person who rented out the boat – claims she was struck twice by a propeller after she'd jumped into the water at the Lake Bash on Lake Norman.
   Scott alleges that Dennis F. Allen, the boat's operator, had never operated a motorboat before the accident and did not have the skill to handle a motorboat in a public area, especially during one of the most crowded events on Lake Norman.
    Scott, 25, claims that she was injured while Allen was maneuvering the motorboat in an attempt to tie it to another boat and participate in the Lake Bash. Allen had rented the motorboat to go to the Lake Bash with a group of friends, including Scott, according to the lawsuit.
   The lawsuit alleges that a few of Allen's passengers, including Scott, had jumped into the water while Allen was trying to tie up the boat.
   The lawsuit alleges that Allen, because of his inexperience, lack of training and inability to see people in the water, failed to turn off the engine and continued to try to tie up with another boat.
   “As (Scott) was swimming towards the ladder attached to the stern of the boat so that she could board the swim platform, Ms. Jennifer Pagliaro (a passenger in the boat), along with other people in the area, screamed at defendant Allen to cut (immediately turn off) the engine,” the lawsuit says.
   Allen “panicked” and “slammed” the throttle into a reverse gear, striking Scott with the boat's propeller, the lawsuit alleges. Scott claims Allen then put the boat into a forward gear, causing the propeller to strike her again.
   Scott alleges in the lawsuit that she suffered severe injuries, including lacerations to her right arm and breasts. The arm and breasts have been amputated, she says. She claims she also suffered serious lacerations to both legs, a punctured lung and a severed sternum.
   Scott alleges that as a result of Allen's “reckless and negligent actions,” she has suffered damages – “medical bills, lost wages, permanent injury, scarring, loss of limb, loss of other essential body parts, pain and suffering in excess of ten thousand dollars.” She says she also has “suffered extreme emotional and psychological problems.”
   Allen, 30, was charged with operating a boat in a reckless manner. The misdemeanor charge is pending.
   Scott also has sued David D. Orzolek and Chaparral Boats Inc. Orzolek rented the motorboat to Allen and Chaparral Boats designed, manufactured and marketed the boat, according to the lawsuit.
   The lawsuit alleges that Orzolek was aware or should have been aware that Allen had never operated a motorboat and knew or should have known the danger Allen posed to the public.
   Orzolek “erroneously entrusted, poorly supervised and inadequately trained defendant Allen, subjecting (Scott) to great risk,” the lawsuit alleges.
   Scott claims that Chaparral Boats sold the motorboat to the public despite its unsafe design for a 14-passenger boat.    She claims that seven passengers are necessarily seated behind the operator, potentially obstructing his or her vision.
The boat's swim platform and ladder, the lawsuit alleges, are only a few feet from the boat's propeller.
   Allen and Orzolek could not be reached for comment Monday.
Bob Ellis, a customer service specialist with Chaparral Boats in Nashville, Ga., said the company's lawyers are investigating the incident. “We were not aware this had occurred until we got the lawsuit,” Ellis said.            

Staff researchers Marion Paynter and Maria David contributed

Our view from the helm is this:  Dennis F. Allen who was driving the boat and Deondra Scott who was struck by the boat both share responsibility for this accident. Mr. Allen for failing to properly control his passengers and Ms. Scott for jumping out of the boat and then swimming back to it while the motor was still running. It is not the fault of Chaparral Boats or the business that rented the boat to Mr. Allen.

Case closed!