Rec Boat Holdings unveils Scarab jetboat

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recboat0912Rec Boat Holdings employees celebrated their first production Scarab jetboat with the Scarab 195 HO model rolling off the line today at the company’s headquarters in Cadillac, Mich.

Rec Boat Holdings LLC, parent of the Four Winns, Glastron, Scarab and Wellcraft brands, announced its entry into the jet-propelled runabout segment in May.

The company announced the rebirth of the Scarab brand as well as new jet models in the 18- to 20-foot range for Glastron, which were introduced last month at the company’s leadership conference. The first Glastron jet, a GT 187 model, will be completed later this week. The new boats are powered by BRP’s Rotax 4-TEC 1503 jet propulsion system.

“This new business is very exciting for us,” Rec Boat Holdings president Roch Lambert said in a statement. “Our employees responded quite well to the challenge of bringing these new boats to production in a rapid and efficient manner. This new line of jetboats complements our core business very well and provides additional growth and profit opportunities for our current networks, as well as future retailers for our brands.”

There are three 19-foot Scarab jet models being introduced. The standard model is geared to the entry-level jetboat buyer. The Scarab HO provides a higher-horsepower engine, and the Scarab Impulse is geared to the high-performance market.

A marketing campaign will start in early December, aligned with the start of the winter boat show season.

The company is recruiting dealers to carry the Scarab boat line. A global dealer meeting is planned for mid-October, during which the entire lineup will be rolled out to dealers and the press.

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6 comments on “Rec Boat Holdings unveils Scarab jetboat

  1. Tim D

    Scarab…really….So desperate for a dollar to dilute such an iconic name with a rich history in recreational and offshore racing sorry we are in such a sad state to use this icon to lure the newbie boater. Sea Ray was smart to drop out of jets for all the right reasons.
    Next from Detroit……..Corvette pick up truck with lots of spoilers chrome 98″ wheels, with rubber band tires and a 75 hp hybrid engine that runs on hot air……whats the difference.

  2. Jdonalds

    Not so fast guys. Both I/Os and jets have their good and bad points. Yamaha sells more boats in the 21-24 foot runabout class than all other boats. Both new and seasoned boaters are buying them. There are good reasons.

    As a jet boat owner (who will not buy an I/O) I’m happy to see new competitors join the market. The Scarab Jet looks great. If it has a competitive price I’d take a good look at it when I’m ready to buy again.

  3. Go Fast!

    I have to agree, this is a boat for neubs. SeaRay made the wise choice, IMO, the small pumps don’t have enough grunt to pull much more than a wakeboard or tube, we used to ski three slalom behind our stern drive and that simply won’t be possible without at least two small jet pumps and the baggage that entails.

    So much for fuel economy as well especially with $4+ fuel and rising, can’t beat a stern drive, sorry.


    stern drives are old school for these sized boats.
    Compare Yamaha jet boat sales to SeaRay in that size.

    Also, the Scarab line wasn’t first class to start with compared to Fountain, Cig, etc. I’ve had a 30 ft. Scarab and a 40 ft. Fountain. Scarab is junk compared to the top boats of this size.

  5. Lee

    These boats do serve a purpose. We have a beach house and wanted a boat we could bring directly to shore (docks can’t be placed on our shoreline) without any issues. Price wasn’t a concern as I had been interested in a Sea Ray however only a jet boat would be able to offer what we needed. We just purchased a Scarab Impulse and its great! Many jet boat buyers are purchasing for the same reason. Looking forward to new offerings of a 24 foot boat next year. Hoping this segment grows.

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