Very interesting to read all the comments and speculation. There is alot being said by alot whom do not know what they are talking about. The brand is not going away and the brand will not be moving. I would bet you will hear very positive news within 10 days. It's not going in to this that will make as much of a difference as how they come out of it. The numbers and speculation on here are so far fetched. Whether you like Fountain/Reggie or not you need to respect him for what he has done including stimulating a tough industry at the right time. Reggie has owned and operated this company for 30 years without other owners or a BK which cannot be said for any other true high performance boat company that I am aware of. Cigarette has never died and many have run it into the ground. Now Cigarette is stronger than ever because Skip Braver is a helluva a business person. Competition is good and we need it today and in the future.
Lets just say if you do your due diligence, make contact with the bank, you will really see what is there and what you can buy and how much it will cost.
Brunswick does not own Baja and to be honest with you, Baja sales are slower than that of the bigger boats due to the way our economy has affected that demographic first and it has yet to recover but it will.
The changes Reggie has made to Baja are for the better of the brand and more value to the consumer. He took something good and made it better but picked about the worst possible time to do it.
Our industry will never see what it has seen in the past in terms of sales because of bank financing changes and only one major floor plan company left that could up root and leave at any time.
From a dealer standpoint business is not as difficult as the people making it difficult and it will be interesting to see how many players are in the game in 18 months, my guess, less than 5. We are told everyday by board members and other that they are finding it harder and harder to find a dealer that can take a trade. I really believe that the days of stocking alot of boats is near and getting banks to borrow money to dealers and consumers is getting smaller.
Lets be positive and not beat this to death but rather hope that Reggie and or the new owners make it not only to sell more Fountains & Baja's but other brands as well.