MarineMax signed an agreement to carry the Scarab jetboat line built by Rec Boat Holdings LLC in an effort to fill a void left when Sea Ray opted not to enter the segment.
"Upon learning that one of our brand partners was not going to enter the jet segment, we knew we had a void to fill,” MarineMax president and CEO Bill McGill said in a statement.
Clearwater, Fla.-based MarineMax has signed on as a premiere retailer for the brand, offering Scarab boats in all 54 retail outlets across the United States.
Rec Boat Holdings announced their entry into the jetboat market last May, with the first production boat rolling off the line Sept. 12. The new line of Scarab jet-powered boats is powered by the Rotax 4-TEC 1503 jet propulsion system made by BRP.
Sea Ray, another MarineMax partner, announced earlier this month that it was abandoning plans to enter the jetboat market because of the unacceptable propulsion systems in prototypes.
“The primary and by far most significant reason Sea Ray decided not to enter the jetboat market was ... the unacceptable quality, reliability and durability of the propulsion systems in our prototype boats,” marketing vice president Matt Guilford told Soundings at the time.