Sea Ray goes jet-powered

Knoxville-based boat maker Sea Ray said today it is partnering with German engine manufacturer Weber Motor to produce a pair of new jet-powered boats.

A 21-foot model featuring the latest in jet propulsion technology will be released this fall. A 24-foot model will soon follow, the company said.

Weber will build the engines and jet propulsion.

“We will leverage the world`s leading marine brand, drawing on our best-in-class product development and engineering practices, as well as our award-winning dealer network, to deliver the very best jet propulsion boats on the market,” Sea Ray Group President Robert J. Parmentier said in a news release.

Parmentier also noted that the new boats will “meet California 4-Star super-ultra-low emission levels, setting a new industry benchmark.”

Weber Motor CEO Christian Weber said the “exclusive partnership will showcase the finest in German engineering and American ingenuity.”

Jets on the water sounds a little scary, but fast boats could be just the thing to jump start sales in a sluggish economy.

Sea Ray is a part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corp.