“RE: Shortages in material, parts and supplies.
This letter is to let all dealers know that as with many manufacturers we are suffering from “extreme material shortages” and “price increases” across the board from most of our vendors. Please feel free to share this letter with your end users / consumers as to explain it is in no way the fault of you as a dealer or us as a manufacturer that has caused the delays in delivery of their boats. We currently have shortages of lamination materials such as Coosa, Resin, Gel Coat of any color other than white, and glass cloth materials it takes to build Clearwater Sportfishing Boats and Cape Craft Boats.
We also are suffering from shortages of parts from as small as a simple switch to turn lights on and off all the way up to as large as an engine bracket that goes on our larger boats. Please understand we are doing all we can to manage and plan for such shortages, but we can only do what the supply and demand will allow. We have been proactive and placed larger orders than normal to try and plan for future shortages and will be increasingly aware of future possible shortages as much as possible.
In some instances, this has placed us weeks and possibly months behind on deliveries to both the dealerships and the end users. Please be aware that your slots for boats with deposits are being held in the order as the deposits were received in effort to not compound the delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing. We understand the obligations and hope that all consumers understand that we are working diligently to resolve the issue by choosing alternative materials and methods to produce the boats as fast as we can.
Please try and handle your customers as best you can. I understand in extreme cases you may need to either reach out to me or have me reach out to the consumer and I will do so on a case-by-case basis after reviewing each case with your staff.
Thanks for your consideration in this matter.
George H Johnson III
Clearwater Sportfishing Boats”