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Chaparral Yachts (originally called Fiberglass Fabricators) was founded in 1965 by William “Buck” Pegg in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA. The company’s bellwether boat, at the time of its founding, was the 15’ Tri-Hull with a sticker price of $675. Although the Tri-Hull was discontinued in the early 1980’s, many of the boats remain in commission today. In 1976, Chaparral Boats had outgrown it’s Ft. Lauderdale production facility and was looking to expand. That same year the Larsen boat manufacturing facility in Nashville, Georgia became available. In 1976 Chaparral Boats purchased the facility and moved its headquarters to Nashville, GA, where the company remains today. In 1986 Chaparral Boats was purchased by RPC Energy Services (NYSE:RES) of Atlanta, Georgia. In 2001 RPC spun off Marine Products Corporation (NYSE:MPX). This offering included Chaparral Boats, Inc. and Robalo Boats, LLC. In 2012, Chaparral introduced a lower price-point vessel, the H20 speed boat, to appeal to a wider audience. In 2013, they launched the Premiere 420, a 42-foot sport yacht. Chaparral currently manufactures pleasure and fishing boats, ranging from 18’ sport boats to 40’ yachts.

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