First Baja powerboat rolls off the Fountain assembly line

Published 4:41 pm Saturday, August 16, 2008

By Staff
Beaufort County manufacturer pleased with product
News Release
The first Baja powerboat (top photo) to roll off the assembly line at Fountain Powerboats did just that at the end of June.
The boat (left bottom photo) was water-tested on the Pamlico River and Reggie Fountain, owner of Fountain Powerboats, said the Baja product will be a strong item in Fountain’s line of boats.
Fountain announced July 21 that the company will be adding 250 jobs to its payroll during the next five years to accommodate the production of the Baja powerboats.
Fountain said the new Baja boats will use the same laminates, vinylester resins, high-density foam core materials and Latham hydraulic-steering systems that are used in his company’s Fountain powerboats.
Fountain Powerboats builds high-performance pleasure and racing boats and fishing boats.
Fountain said he is pleased with the performance and handling of the 26-foot Baja powered by the Mercruiser 496 HO engine.
Fountain said he will be able to price the Baja boat in an affordable fashion with a slight increase in pricing for enhancements to the boat.
In the right bottom photo, Fountain (left) and N.C. State Rep. Arthur Williams bring the first Baja boat off the Fountain assembly line back to port at the boat manufacturing factory on Whichard’s Beach Road between Chocowinity and Washington.