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Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Engines, Jet Boat, News and Events, Powerboating, US |

Sea Ray Jets into the Jet Boat Market, with Weber Motors

By teaming with Weber Motors, Sea Ray will produce the first models to meet CARB 4-star standards.

Sea Ray Boats has announced its entry into the jet boat market, with the introduction of a 21-footer slated to hit the market this fall. But unlike most jet boats on the water today, this one’s going to carry powerplants from the German manufacturer Weber Motors.

The Weber engines which will provide the oomph for new Sea Ray jet boat models are compact, super-ultra-low emission four-strokes.

The Weber engines which will provide the oomph for new Sea Ray jet boat models are compact, super-ultra-low emission four-strokes.

Weber produces multi-purpose four-stroke engines which produce low emissions—making them perfect for jet boats, where a compact, efficient, clean-burning powerplant is in demand. And these engines have proved they make the grade, by meeting the California Air Resources Board’s highest requirements for 4-star “super-ultra-low” emissions. But you won’t find these Webers in other jet drives, at least not for now, because Sea Ray says they have a partnership with the company. “This exclusive partnership will showcase the finest in German engineering and American ingenuity,” said Weber CEO Christian Weber.

And the little 21 isn’t going to be the only Sea Ray jetting across the water—plans are also in the works for a 24’ model. “The development of the new jet propulsion sport boats is part of our ongoing effort to reach the full spectrum of recreational boaters,” said Sea Ray Group President Robert J. Parmentier. “Our new partnership with Weber Motors will equip us with a more complete product offering, benefiting customers who value the unique characteristics and advantages of jet-powered boating.”

Why go with a jet, in the first place? We’ve seen a lot of diverse new jet boats hitting the water lately, ranging from cruisers like the 34 Hinckley, to watersports boats like the Yamaha SX190, to tenders like the Nautica 22 LC. They all share one thing in common: jet propulsion gives them an edge in versatility, since handling is enhanced and draft is reduced. These Sea Rays are bound to enjoy the same benefits—along with Sea Ray’s dependable quality level, looks, and reliability.

For more information, visit Sea Ray News.

-Lenny Rudow