Legendary name returns to West Coast boat market

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The new Barron 290 will be a performance deck boat with plenty of passenger space in the cockpit and a low-profile deck design.

The new Barron 290 will be a performance deck boat with plenty of passenger space in the cockpit and a low-profile deck design.

Jerry Barron, who worked side-by-side with his late father Nick Barron, at Hallett Boats until the elder Barron’s passing about a year ago, has decided to get back into boat manufacturing on his own.

Recently, Nordic Boats USA purchased Hallett, but when Nick Barron first got involved in boats, it was under the name “Barron Boat Works” in the family’s garage. The name of the new company will be Barron Boats. “I’ve spent the entirety of my business career involved in all facets of the marine industry,” said Jerry Barron in a statement. “I believe I still have the ambition, skills and experience necessary to make this new venture a success.”

Barron Boats will introduce four new models in a staggered schedule over the next 18 months, starting with a 29-foot deckboat. Soonafter will be a 25-foot, 6-inch version. In 2019, Barron plans to unveil center-console models with stepped V-bottom designs. “We’re not copying or using anything from previous designs,” said Barron. “I’ve had these ideas and concepts in my brain for a long time. I have a good idea of what boat buyers want and expect from their new boat. This is my chance to put those things into practice and raise the bar with an entirely new product line.”

The new home of Barron Boats will be the renovated building that once housed Hallett’s tooling, lamination and R&D. 

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