Great questions and I respect your opinion.
The answer to your question is YES, people mention the race boats, kilo boat and cat killer all the time and like owning the same brand boats. I am not saying everybody but stats are stats. Reggie has for years bought more than 50% of the blue motors that come out of Mercury Racing so I would have to say he sells roughly 50% of the high performance offshore v's built. I will also bet dollars to donuts that if our competitors posted there financials Reggie would look great in comparison. It's a very intersting time and becasue he is public you are given the opportunity to critisize or other which I respect. If cats sold in the midwest, I would sell them. But seeing I have only seen one cat on the great lakes other than a poker run in five years I would say it's a challenge. We tried the MTI thing and it did not work even though I think it's the best value in a cat in the market place. I also have alot of respect for Randy Scism and the dealer he has chosen to sell his boats for him.
Reggie is the most passionate person in the industry when it comes to how he believes in his brand. Who else has succeeded for more than 27 years and owned a high performance boat company without EVER going belly up. He's a survivor and even if you don't like him or his product he needs to be respected for what he has done and his constant desire to be the best. You can't fault a man for wanting to win but can for the way they do it. Whether you agree or dis-agree Reggie often says he would rather die a "poor winner" than a "rich loser". He loves what he does and believe it or not, he has helped stimulate sales for other brands with some of his PR stunts.
You ask how much is Fountain stock? That could be asked of THOUSANDS of stocks on the market today. What stocks are performing? Hell, GOOGLE is almost down $100.00 in less than 10 days. I will assure you Reggie will have a good 2nd quarter fiscal and sell more boats in that 1/4 than his biggest competitors will in the next twelve months. Remember, BAJA was not in the mix LY and now he has those sales with less overhead and other changes.
I don't view it as argumentive or derogatory at all. You asked the question and I answered honestly.
Its like any other hobbies for some. If you want a frame off restored 69 Camaro buy it completed, don't buy it then turnaround and fault the person who spent the money to do it. It happens everyday in business. The great thing in this country is you have the opportuntiy to do it yourself. Alot of people have tried to build boats and so few have succeded but so many want to critique.
I can't build a boat and I will be the first one to stand up and admit it. What I do LOVE is selling the best and fastest v-bottom in the world and want to do it for many years to come.