Bombardier Signs Agreement With Genmar To Supply Evinrude And Johnson Outboard Engines

Bombardier Recreational Products announces it has signed an original equipment manufacturer ("OEM") engine supply agreement with Genmar Holdings, Inc. (Genmar), of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bombardier currently supplies Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines to power 14 of the Genmar boat brands marketed throughout North America and abroad.

"We are pleased to have secured this OEM supply agreement with Genmar because these brands reach boating enthusiasts in nearly every segment of the marine marketplace, from avid fishermen to waterskiers and boating families who simply enjoy spending a day on the water," said Ben Lafortune, Vice President, Sales and Communications, Boats and Outboard Engines Division. "Bombardier is focused on designing and building top-quality products like the Evinrude Direct Injection outboard engines that deliver an exceptional on-water experience. Boaters who purchase a Genmar boat packaged with a Bombardier-built engine will find that our top-quality products help to make that experience extraordinary."

Genmar, with approximately 6,000 employees and 12 manufacturing centers in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest builder of recreational boats and the industry’s technological leader. The Genmar boat brands that will offer Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines as power are: Aquasport, Champion, Crestliner, Four Winns, Glastron, Hydra-Sports, Larson, Lowe, Lund, Ranger, Seaswirl, Stratos, Triumph, and Wellcraft.

Bombardier Recreational Products designs, develops, builds, distributes and markets utility vehicles, Rotax® engines, Ski-Doo°® and Lynx® snowmobiles, Bombardier® ATVs, Sea-Doo® watercraft and sport boats as well as Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard marine engines and Ficht® direct fuel injection technology.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 80,000 people in 24 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2002 stood at $21.6 billion Cdn. Bombardier trades on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

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For information:
Ann Stawski
Senior Coordinator, Public Relations
Boats and Outboard Engines
(262) 884-5494
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"With Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines available on our full line of Aquasport boats, we can offer our customers a complete saltwater package that delivers a great on-water experience," said Richard Anderson, Aquasport General Manager. "Building top quality boats equipped with quality-built, reliable power to provide that experience is the hallmark of the Aquasport line."

Aquasport, based in Sarasota, Fla., offers a full line of fiberglass fishing boats that are designed for offshore and big inland water use. The line includes 14 models, ranging in length from 16- to 27-feet in length, that offer dependability, performance and "fishability" to appeal to experienced saltwater anglers, recreational divers and family boaters.

"Champion boats feature the quality and peak performance boaters expect from an industry leader," said Champion President, Gary Clouse. "To meet those expectations, we need to make certain our boats are packaged with the right equipment - from the on-board electronics to the outboard engine on the transom. With an Evinrude® or a Johnson® outboard engine, we are confident we have the best package for our customers."

Champion Boats, based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., was acquired by Genmar Holdings, Inc., in March of this year. The current line of boats includes more than a dozen models ranging from 18- to 24-feet in length.

"Crestliner has a legacy of leading the market with innovative technology since 1946, offering aluminum pleasure boats that are affordable and provide memorable on-water experiences," said Al Kuebelbeck, Crestliner President. "Like Crestliner, Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines have a legacy of technological innovation that spans several decades. With an Evinrude or Johnson outboard engine on the transom, Crestliner will continue to lead the market with products that deliver the boating experience our customers expect."

Based in Little Falls, Minn., Crestliner offers the market a complete line of aluminum fish & ski, sport fishing cruisers, utility, bass and fishing boats, pontoons and deck boats, all of which feature rivet-free, UniWeld construction. Crestliner is one of three boat builders that sponsor the $2.9 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Series fishing tournaments. With its Evinrude® direct injection outboard engines, Bombardier also sponsors the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Series.

"Offering Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines on our Freedom and Horizon models enables us to target customers in markets where outboard power is the power of choice," said John Anderson, Four Winns President. "These boats, when equipped with Evinrude and Johnson outboard power, offer the peak on-water performance for boaters who like to ski, tube or wakeboard. They are also lighter, which makes them easy to tow using a smaller vehicle."

Four Winns, based in Cadillac Mich., produces four lines of recreational power boats, including open bow and cuddy cabin models, deck boats and mid-cabin cruisers. All Four Winns boats feature Four Winns’ patented Stable-Vee hull design, which provides superior performance, lateral stability and smoother maneuverability than conventional deep-vee designs.

"Glastron builds some of the industry’s most popular entry-level and mid-range boats that offer exceptional on-water performance and superior value for boaters," said Bruce Sargent, Glastron General Manager. "When equipped with a Johnson® or Evinrude® outboard engine, our boats plane extremely well at minimum speeds, quickly reach impressive top-end speeds, deliver exceptional fuel economy and provide smooth handling when maneuvering."

Glastron, based in Little Falls, Minn., focuses on manufacturing trailerable, fiberglass boats, which include 21 models that range in size from 17- to 27-feet in length. Glastron was the first boat builder to introduce boats that feature hulls designed with the revolutionary new VEC (Virtual Engineered Composites) process. VEC is a computerized, closed-mold lamination process that enables Glastron to manufacture hulls that provide the ultimate in structural integrity, uniformity and durability.

"Owners of Hydra-Sports boats accept no compromises when it comes to the durability, quality and reliability of the sport fishing rig they run," said Chris Wainscott, Hydra-Sports General Manager. "The offshore boats we market are equipped to standup to the most demanding offshore environments, from the construction of the hull to the engines that power them."

"By offering Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines on our boats, we can deliver the performance and reliability our customers expect from their Hydra-Sports boat," Wainscott added.
Hydra-Sports Boats is based in Sarasota, Fla., where the company builds its full line of fiberglass offshore fishing boats. The Hydra-Sports line features 14 models that range in length from 18- to 28-feet, which are available in center console, dual console and walk-around configurations.

"At Larson experience is everything," said Larson General Manager, Tom Bjorge. "For more than three generations Larson has built boats that offer thrilling rides, combined with luxury, comfort and convenience. By including Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines as standard power for our boats, we can continue to deliver products that measure up to our customers’ expectations."

Based in Little Falls, Minn., Larson Boats produces 19 fiberglass boat models, ranging in length from 18- to 33-feet, featuring some of the highest-grade materials and one of the marine industry’s most advanced boat-building technologies - Virtual Engineered Composites (VEC). The VEC process significantly reduces production time and eliminates up to 90 percent less styrene during the fiberglass lamination process. Larson markets its line of boats throughout North America, as well as in 14 countries abroad.

"Lowe has built high-quality, high-value boats that have delivered countless hours of on-water fun for boating families, sport anglers and enthusiasts for more than 50 years," said Les Crawford, Lowe Industries General Manager. "Our customers expect a lot from their Lowe boat. And we deliver, from the superior design of our boats to the quality of the materials we use to build them and the Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines used to power them."

Based in Lebanon, Mo., Lowe offers 191 boat models designed to meet the discriminating needs of family anglers and boating enthusiasts alike. Their range of models, from the 10-foot "Little Jon" model to the flagship 25-foot luxury Jamaica 250 pontoon, fit every family’s lifestyle and budget. Lowe also markets its boats under brand banners that include Roughneck, all-welded boats; Sea Nymph; and Suncruiser pontoon and deck boats.

"We are pleased to offer Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines on our boat packages for the 2003 model year," said Larry Lovold, Lund President. "The quality and reliability of Bombardier-built outboard engines will enhance the overall value of the packages we offer our dealers and their customers."

Lund Boats, based in New York Mills, Minn., offers more than 70 models, from 12- to 21-feet in length, to meet the highest demands of resort owners; professional guides and anglers; boating enthusiasts and their families. Lund is one of three boat builders that sponsors the $2.9 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Series fishing tournaments. Evinrude® outboard engines also sponsors the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Series.

"Quality, craftsmanship, innovation, and a passion for excellence, have served as the foundation of Ranger Boats since the company was founded by Forrest L. Wood nearly 35 years ago," said Ranger Boats President, Randy Hopper. "We have a long-standing tradition of building boats that set benchmark standards for our industry.

"Our 2003 boats will reflect a continuation of that tradition as we power them with Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines, which are built with a similar commitment to product excellence," Hopper said.

Ranger Boats, of Flippin, Ark., offers more than 70 models, which include Limited Series, bass, fish-n-play, multi-species and saltwater flats and bay boats, that range from 8- to 23-feet in length. Ranger is the sponsor of the Wal-Mart FLW Series. Ranger is also one of three boat builders that sponsor the $2.9 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Series fishing tournaments. With its Evinrude® direct injection outboard engines, Bombardier also sponsors the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Series.

"Innovation, quality, durability and value are the cornerstones for every boat we build," said Curt Olson, Seaswirl Boats President. "When you combine nearly five decades of boat building experience with today’s innovations, including boat and engine designs, you get many years of memorable boating experiences.

"Powering our boats with Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines enables us to match our innovative boat designs with some of the industry’s most technologically advanced engines," said Olson. "We are excited to offer Evinrude and Johnson engines on our 2003 model line-up."

Seaswirl has focused on building boats that offer one of America’s best family boating values for more than 48 years. Seaswirl offers 25 boats that range from 17-feet to 29-feet in length. Models include bowrider runabouts, center and dual console fishing boats, sport cabin, and cuddy cabin walk-arounds.

"With Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines, we can offer our customers a boat package that delivers on our promise of performance," said Gary Clouse, Stratos Boats President. "We also can provide our customers with the industry’s top outboard engines in terms of durability, quality and reliability. It’s a perfect match for Stratos Boats."

Stratos Boats, based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., feature industry-leading 100-percent composite hull designs that deliver maximum performance and smooth handling.

"Triumph boats are built using one of the most advanced and state-of-the-art, high-tech manufacturing processes in the marine industry," said Jay Hood, Triumph Boats President. "The boats we build are virtually indestructible and provide a lifetime of low maintenance use."

"Evinrude® and Johnson® engines are a perfect fit for Triumph boats because they offer the durability, quality and reliability that is directly in line with our goal of building the industry’s finest boats," Hood added.

Triumph Boats, based in Durham, N.C., offers 13 boat models ranging in length from 12- to 21-feet. Triumph builds the ‘World’s Toughest Boats,’ a claim based on the company’s exclusive Roplene construction process. Roplene constructed boats are seamless, molded as one unit in massive, computer-controlled ovens, rather than separate hull-deck parts. There are no gaps in hull and deck alignment that require rub-rails to conceal, and no thin gelcoat color layers like fiberglass. With a Roplene hull, color carries through the entire material.

"Boaters know that Wellcraft boats are built to the highest standards of quality and offer the highest levels of customer satisfaction," said Steve Callahan, Wellcraft General Manager. "Wellcraft owners will not compromise when it comes to the durability, quality, and reliability of the equipment on their boats.

"By offering Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines, we can deliver the world-class performance and reliability our customers expect from a Wellcraft sport boat," Callahan said.

Wellcraft Boats, based in Sarasota, Fla., is owned by Genmar Holdings, Inc. Wellcraft offers fishing boats, sport boats, sport cruisers and Scarab performance boats ranging in length from 16- to 47-feet. Wellcraft boats are well known for their world-class performance, style and quality.

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