BRP acquires Alumacraft

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BRP acquires Alumacraft

Postby bobw » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:51 am

Saw on the Evinrude website this morning that BRP started a new branch called BRP Marine Group and acquired the Alumacraft boat line as part of that group. Hope they don't go crazy and try to diversify like OMC did buying up boat companies. That's part of what led to their demise.
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Re: BRP acquires Alumacraft

Postby 49Hiawatha » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:32 pm

Alumacraft is locared in St. Peter, Minnesota. Currently 65% of Canada's small craft come yearly from the USA. Possible strategic move or ?

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Re: BRP acquires Alumacraft

Postby 20mercman » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:28 pm

I am sure they are trying to figure out this trade situation and our current environment, but Alumacraft is certainly one of the top 5 premier brands in aluminum boats. Good for them, but let's hope they don't go the route of OMC and buy a ton of boat companies that killed them.

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Re: BRP acquires Alumacraft

Postby crosbyman » Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:37 pm

alumacraft build with canadian aluminum will be taxes +25% then +10% aluminum fee coming back to canada plus 10% trade tariff

so I guess they wont sell to many boats with Princecarft built up here in Canada ….

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Re: BRP acquires Alumacraft

Postby Bullie » Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:52 pm

Seems like the other manufacturers sell packages at decent prices. Maybe it will help them get a few more motors out there.
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Re: BRP acquires Alumacraft

Postby outbdnut2 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:55 pm

Hopefully BRP will redesign some of the bigger fishing rigs to take the stress today's heavy, higher HP, motors put on the transom. I have two friends with Alumacrafts that are in the 17-18 foot range with around 100 HP on them where the transoms are self-destructing. I'm guessing they are about 10 -15 years old. One gets trailered a lot, the other stays by the dock and seldom sees a trailer. Both have been quoted several thousand dollars to fix. Maybe Alumacraft has already corrected this stress problem.
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Re: BRP acquires Alumacraft

Postby 20mercman » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:47 pm

outbdnut2 wrote:Hopefully BRP will redesign some of the bigger fishing rigs to take the stress today's heavy, higher HP, motors put on the transom. I have two friends with Alumacrafts that are in the 17-18 foot range with around 100 HP on them where the transoms are self-destructing. I'm guessing they are about 10 -15 years old. One gets trailered a lot, the other stays by the dock and seldom sees a trailer. Both have been quoted several thousand dollars to fix. Maybe Alumacraft has already corrected this stress problem.
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Well, this is disturbing news! I had not heard of this. Too bad, as the motors of today are so darn heavy, I think they really should address this. Most of my experience with Alumacraft has been in the older vintage hulls.

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Re: BRP acquires Alumacraft

Postby outbdnut2 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:07 am

20mercman wrote:
outbdnut2 wrote:Hopefully BRP will redesign some of the bigger fishing rigs to take the stress today's heavy, higher HP, motors put on the transom. I have two friends with Alumacrafts that are in the 17-18 foot range with around 100 HP on them where the transoms are self-destructing. I'm guessing they are about 10 -15 years old. One gets trailered a lot, the other stays by the dock and seldom sees a trailer. Both have been quoted several thousand dollars to fix. Maybe Alumacraft has already corrected this stress problem.
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Well, this is disturbing news! I had not heard of this. Too bad, as the motors of today are so darn heavy, I think they really should address this. Most of my experience with Alumacraft has been in the older vintage hulls.

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I agree - The older vintage hulls were/are darn near bulletproof when run with motors they were designed for. I think the 1950s Alumacrafts may well be the some of the most robust hulls ever made. The number of rivets used and the use of structural formed curves and heavy duty gunnels was great. There is a 1956 14 footer on my lake that the family bought new - it was rated for 30 HP max and they put two 30 Johnsons on it. That boat, with those motors, is still alive and well today.
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Re: BRP acquires Alumacraft

Postby PugetSoundBoater » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:03 pm

Bullie wrote:Seems like the other manufacturers sell packages at decent prices. Maybe it will help them get a few more motors out there.


That's probably the biggest part of their big plan on this acquisition, package deal . Except they don't make trailers.
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