Iconic Marine Group, the parent of Baja Marine, Donzi Marine and Fountain Powerboats, is establishing a performance group that will be tasked with enhancing the performance characteristics of existing models and developing new go-fast boats.
“We realize the performance market is not the size it once was, but these brands have the ability in the beginning stages to bring enough business to the table to warrant the investment and propel further development,” Iconic Marine Group COO Joe Curran said in a statement. “Distribution will be conducted initially by Big Thunder Marine of Lake of the Ozarks going into the 2019 model year. As demand is realized and further product development is warranted we will consider expansion of the IMG performance dealer network.”
The first models to be reintroduced for 2019 are the Fountain 42 Lightning and 47 Lightning. A Fountain Performance 42 center console will enter the development cycle and be unveiled during the 2019 model year. A twin-outboard 32-foot Fountain is also in the works.
From the Baja brand, the 36 Outlaw will come out in January 2018 and Donzi will return to the sportboat market with a new generation of the 38 ZRC with outboard power. The new models are in addition to the restyled Fountain Bluewater Series 34CC, 38CC and the 38 CC LS, which are in production, and the soon-to-be introduced 39 NX and 42 NX center consoles.
Additionally, IMG Performance is building a canopied Fountain 40-Race that is being rigged with twin Sterling Performance engines capable of producing 1,900 hp each. An American Powerboat Association-sanctioned kilo speed record attempt is being scheduled for February at the company’s factory in Washington, N.C.
“There’s no better way to launch a performance group than to bring home a world record in the Pamlico River,” Curran said.