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Chaparral gives dealers sneak peek at Vortex jet boat line

By Chaparral Boats, Inc.

Nashville, Ga., December 9, 2013 -- More than 150 dealers were given a preview look at Chaparral Boats much anticipated Vortex jet boat line at the company's recent Advanced Sales Seminars in Valdosta, Georgia. In addition dealers were excited to experience their first test drives of the 203 Vortex.

Scheduled to debut at 15 boat shows in early 2014, the just christened 203 Vortex is the first entry in a three boat series that will also include the 223 Vortex and 243 Vortex.

Featuring bold new graphics, innovative flexible seating and the exciting time-tested Rotax jet drive propulsion, the 203 Vortex is versatile enough for both first time boaters and experienced boaters alike.

“The introduction of our Vortex jet boats gives us one of the most diverse and complete product lines in the marine industry” said Jim Lane, company President. We feel our partnership with Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), supplier of the Rotax engine, will be a winning combination in this fast growing segment.”

“We had high hopes for the new 203 Vortex and reaction from the dealer network exceeded all of our expectations,” said company founder Buck Pegg about the initial roll-out. We wanted to take the styling, quality and performance of the jet boat market up a notch and the 203 Vortex does just that.”

Reactions from the Chaparral dealer network signal an exciting introduction at upcoming boat shows: Our dealers were very vocal as evidenced by some of the comments after the 203 Vortex test drives.

“I had a chance to test the new Vortex jet boat and it was simply amazing.
Maneuverability was better that any jet boat I’ve driven with ride and handling to match. I feel that the Vortex line gives Chaparral a quality and performance edge that will dominate the jet boat market.” -- Jim Marshall, Pride Marine Group.

“I was truly amazed by everything about the 203 Vortex. The styling is phenomenal, the boat has a wonderful layout with lots of storage and it performed very well on the water.” -- Dave Briggs, Wayzata Marine.

"The new jet boat gives us an exciting product to enter into a growing market segment." -- Kurt Backus, Atlanta Marine.

“Chaparral's Vortex jet boat raises the bar. When you compare the fit, finish, quality, and modern look of this boat to the market leaders in this segment, it’s like comparing an iPhone to a rotary phone… there's not really a comparison at all. Chaparral did their homework and definitely got it right.” -- Jim Barach, Hern Marine.

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  1. It would take a world-class nimrod to choose this boat over an inboard (not a stern-drive.. AN INBOARD).


    mark passeri Reply:

    Rob, I don't understand why you would make such a statement. We are a Moomba and Supra dealer, and a Chaparral dealer. (We also sell and have sold many other brands over our 44 year history, including two of the other major inboard players). There are different strokes for different folks as the old saying goes, and although I share your enthusiasm for inboards, particularly direct drive inboards, (I bought the very last Outback made in 2013, and had it custom built with the 2014 metal flake gelcoat on the main panel), I am not blind to the success of Yamaha in the marketplace, or to people who don't care for propellers, or just come from jet skiis and feel more comfortable with a jet. Calling those folks nimrods will not put any more money in your pocket, and also shows your lack of tollerance for other points of view. I would suggest you rethink that policy.


  2. This nim rod just bought his second Yamaha jet 242 limited S. Best boat I have ever owned. Beautiful design. Fully loaded. Great price and the best handling on the water I have ever had. Keep your prop. I grew up


  3. I had outboards my entire life. But the simple mechanics, performance, draft advantage, economy and low cost of ownership for jets made it so easy for me to choose jet power. Even yachts and luxury lobster style boats take that route. I can't wait for the new 243 vrx for great water sports experience and quick transport in the ever changing weather conditions of Long Island. I will have mine with 500HP, thanks!


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