Genmar launching line of entry-level fiberglass fishing boats

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Genmar is introducing its first 17-foot VEC entry-level fiberglass fishing boat in time to ship to dealers for the early spring selling season, company chairman Irwin Jacobs announced in a letter to dealers.

Jacobs had previously said the company would be re-entering the aluminum boat business, but that won’t happen with this announcement.

“Rather, it is our intention to capture the market share of the aluminum segment of the entry-level boating market segment with our new FinCraft line of boats,” he said.

Genmar plans to unveil the first FinCraft at the Jan. 21-25 Minneapolis Boat Show. “It will be the first model in a new line of entry-level fiberglass fishing boats,” he added.

The 17-footer will include as standard equipment a 50-hp 2-stroke outboard, trailer, Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance depth finder.

The boat’s nationally advertised price in the United States will be $13,995, plus freight and prep. Additionally, Genmar will offer a $1,000 introductory cash rebate during winter and early spring shows.

Click here to read Jacobs’ letter.


One comment on “Genmar launching line of entry-level fiberglass fishing boats

  1. khall

    I would be hesitant to jump on this as a great product. As the owner of a 2004 Glastron built with VEC technology I can only say I am much less than impressed.  The hull of my boat has been rendered unseaworthy due to cracks which developed along the transom and strakes. Although they were deemed the result of material defects, Genmar refuses to stand behind its claim of a warranty on the hull. As Genmar floods the market with vessels built with this inferior process the future of the boating industry will not be helped.

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