Time flies when you’re working seven days a week. Just ask Joe Curran, the chief operating officer of Iconic Marine Group, the Washington, N.C.-based parent company of the once-thriving—and soon to be thriving again if the people involved have their way—Fountain, Baja and Donzi brands.
The Iconic Marine Group chief operating officer talks dealers, strategy and new models such as the new Fountain 39 NX center console (above).
There already are good signs since Curran and the rest of the Iconic team took over a little more than two years ago. A pair of new Fountain 39 NX center consoles—the company’s first all-new model in years—pretty much flew out the doors of the Big Thunder Marine dealership in Lake Ozark, Mo., with new owners shortly after the 39-footers arrived. Another 39 NX is in production, and three more already have been ordered.
Leading Fountain production are its updated 34- and 38-foot center consoles in what the company calls its Bluewater series, meaning center console models primarily targeted at the fishing market rather than buyers seeking social platforms with a performance edge, which remain hot with traditional high-performance powerboat builders. (The 39 NX addresses that niche nicely, however, and a 43-foot in the same vein is on the way.)