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Sea Ray goes with jetboats

Sea Ray has six new sportboats, including two jetboats. “We want to marry a true sportboat experience with jetboat propulsion,” says Matt Guilford, vice president of marketing for the Brunswick Boat Group.

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The lineup ranges from 21 to 24 feet and includes the 21 and 24 Jet, and the 220 and 240 Sundeck in outboard and sterndrive models.

The jetboats are quick, responsive, maneuverable and fun to drive — that’s the appeal of the jetboat. But Brad Anderson, vice president of marketing and planning for Brunswick Recreational Boats, says jetboats offer more than a fun factor. The design allows for shallow-water operation, and the absence of a propeller increases safety, he says.

Jetboats also are generally less expensive than similar-size boats with outboard or sterndrive power. For instance, the 21 Jet (pictured here) with twin 120-hp engines is $45,172. The 220 Sundeck with a single 260-hp sterndrive is $66,055, and it’s $73,599 with a single 250-hp Mercury Verado outboard.

The jetboat’s layout also appeals to consumers. “With the smaller envelope of the jet engine configuration you don’t have to have a sunpad, or what we call a ‘doghouse,’ in the stern — that gives you more flexibility with the design,” Guilford says.

The outboard Sundecks are new additions to the Sea Ray lineup, with new hulls from the keel up. The Sundeck sterndrives use the same hulls as their predecessors, but the builder has updated the boats with new cockpit and deck designs, Guilford says. The deckboats are now available, and the jetboats will be rolled out in late summer or early fall, he says.

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July 2013 issue