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.