STURTEVANT, Wis. – BRP's (TSX: DOO) Evinrude E-TEC engines will now be rigged on Sea Pro Boats' seven new models launched in the mid-tier center console saltwater fishing boat market for 2016.
"We know boat manufacturers like Sea Pro design their boats for optimal performance, efficiency and reliability, and they want an engine that enhances the owner experience," said Alain Villemure, vice-president and general manager of BRP's Marine Propulsion Systems division. "Our entire line-up of award-winning Evinrude E-TEC engines, including the all-new Evinrude E-TEC G2 models, delivers the performance, fuel-efficiency and reliability that Sea Pro's offshore enthusiast consumers demand. The Sea Pro brand is a great addition to our fleet of OEM partners who share our passion for the water."
Originally founded in 1987, Sea Pro Boats, a Midlands-based company, was recently relaunched by Jimmy Hancock, one of the original owners of Sea Pro, and Tidewater Boats' founder Preston Wrenn. The new incarnation of the Sea Pro brand – “The Next Wave” – will feature seven new models, which will likely be introduced by the end of this summer.
"When I first heard that BRP was offering interchangeable cowling panels for the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine that allows for hundreds of customizable color options, I thought it would be an inventory challenge. I was wrong. It really could not be easier. We're offering eight different hull color options and BRP offers panels that perfectly match each one," said Jimmy Hancock, president of Sea Pro Boats. "And if that wasn't enough, the technology under the cowling is even more impressive. The power of this engine is unbelievable. We tested our 239CC with a 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine and it jumped up on plane like an inboard tow sport boat. I can't wait to test it on some of our other models."