The history of Marine Products Corporation begins with the history of Chaparral
was founded in 1965 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Chaparral
’s first boat was a 15-foot tri-hull design with a retail price of less than $1,000. In 1976, Chaparral
moved to Nashville, Georgia, which provided Chaparral
an opportunity to obtain additional manufacturing space and access to a trained work force. In 1986, Chaparral
Boats was purchased by RPC Energy Services. Chaparral
was spun off from RPC, Inc. into Marine Products Corporation in February 2001, and the Robalo
brand name was acquired in June 2001. Robalo
was founded in 1969 and its first boat was a 19-foot center console salt-water fishing boat, among the first of this type of boat to have an “unsinkable” hull. Marine Products purchased the assets and brand name of Robalo
in June 2001 from US Marine, which had ceased Robalo
's operations in their Tallahassee, Florida factory in early 2001. Marine Products moved the operating assets of Robalo
from Florida to a manufacturing facility in Valdosta, Georgia and initiated production of several models by the end of the year.
With a focus on improvements in manufacturing efficiency, customer service, and refinement of product offerings, Chaparral
's management team continues to improve the design and manufacturing of its product offerings to meet the growing needs of discriminating recreational boaters.