Lets not get this topic and thread to far off target. Sure the economy is reeling a bit and the disposable income purchases will take the first HIT, but thats not the problem here. lets think about whats really going on here !
The problem, as I see it, is Mercury's -Brunswick's marketing and market domination tactic of buying (most of the time) troubled boating companies and using their controlling interest or outright ownership to guaranty their engines, equipment and systems will be in and on these boats free of competitive pressure or competetion.
Look, it does not take a rocket scientist to see their strategy. Actually its worked quite well for them as they have about 80%+ market share in our industry.
The problems for companies such as Baja and others and possibly ultimatly even Fountain is that Brunswick ownership is not commited or directed at fixing whats really wrong with these companies as any good committed ownership should do !
Instead I believe they are just interested in how many units (Power with a boat)) they can get to market with their name and profits guaranteed. Not a unusual corporate tactic by current US Standards and practices. But what does it do long term for the health of these companies so owned, not much, and it apparently intices companies like Baja to possibly push too much product with ISSUES out the door and lets little real profit contribute to that subsideries bottom line. When the walls start quak'in and the potential losses look to big and the liabilty exposure is to big to stay in the Game, they Bail ! and the industry gets another financial "Black Eye".
They bring Fountain and Reggie in as what appears to be a carefully directed attempt to take the direct heat off of their (mistakes ?) and make it look like something great is being created, a few small percentage sale of the key and only value assets from the "Ashes" that will take the focus of of the real "F***up.
Kind of sad that one companies profit and market domination strategy may ultimatly become the undoing of an entire industry!
Think about it ! My guess is they (Brinswick) will be in the life boats before any of the passengers are allowed to jump in !