Chaparral and Robalo are holding their annual dealer conference next week, with plans to spend more time on product testing to help familiarize dealers with the new Chaparral Vortex jetboats.
The event runs Aug. 12-14 at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort in Petersburg, Fla.
“This year we’re bringing more boats than ever,” Marine Products Corp. president Jim Lane told Trade Only Today. “Typically we bring between 15 and 18. This year we’re bringing 24 and holding a special school to help educate dealers in how to operate and sell our Vortex jetboats. It’s a little different product.”
The 203 Vortex with twin 150-hp engines will be available for testing.
Also available for testing will be Chaparral’s new Suncoast 230 and 210, the 237 SSX, the 327 SSX. Robalo models include the R-247 and the new R-160, which was introduced entirely on social media this summer.
“We’re cutting down our business meeting a little this year to allow more time on the water,” Lane said. “Dealers like to drive new boats. We think we’ll end up with a pretty successful event.”