Iconic Marine Group, the builder of Fountain, Donzi and Baja brands, is getting the jump on boat-show season by staging its own show at its factory in Washington, NC.
Set for Oct. 9-11, the dealer network event is billed as The Boat Show Before The Boat Shows, and will feature more than a dozen models in the water from the company’s just-introduced 2020 Fountain, Donzi and Baja fleets. The boats will be available to test drive and pre-order from dealers attending the VIP event, which is closed to the general public and only accessible via dealer invitation.
“The day after dealers preview our 2020 lineup, we’re going to open up the marina and invite VIP customers to sea trial select models,” said IMG COO Jeff Harris. “This special event gives boaters the chance to avoid crowds at boat shows, where boats are usually on a trailer or tied up in the marina.”
Touring the factory gives buyers an X-ray look at what’s under the gelcoat and interior vinyl, Harris said. “Getting on the water and driving the boat yourself is the ultimate performance test.”
Harris said VIP customers will get the opportunity to tour the factory, and get an up-close look at how the boats are constructed, right down to the upholstery, and even get a chance to chat with Iconic’s engineers.
“This will be even better than a boat show,” Harris said. “You won’t need to stand in line forever to get a boat ride. You’ll be able to ask our staff all the questions you want. This is going to be more personal, more one-on-one. We’re gonna have just about everything here—plus, you’ll get a sneak peek at some of the cool stuff that we’re building that we can’t tell people about yet that’s not for public consumption. That’s a little bonus benefit that goes along with it.”
Harris added that the plant is adjacent to one impressive stretch of waterway: “Don’t forget, this is where all of those speed records have been set!”
As part of its complete line of fishing and luxury outboards, Team Fountain will feature five boats in the water, highlighted by the 39NX, the company’s first Bluewater center console powered by triple Mercury 450R engines.
New from Donzi is the next-generation 41GTZ, complete with a hardtop and all-new interior design. And loyalists will marvel at the stunning 55th Anniversary Edition 22′ Classic options package. (For the ultimate adrenaline rush, the revolutionary 125-mph all-carbon-fiber 44′ Icon will be available for select VIPs.)
Meanwhile, Team Baja features three Outlaws in the water, complete with new graphics and options packages.
VIPs will also get a chance to meet racing legend and company namesake Reggie Fountain. As an added incentive, IMG will reimburse up to $1,000 in travel expenses for anyone who orders a boat at the show.
Reservations are limited. Interested VIP buyers may call (252) 974-1638 for details and the location of the nearest IMG dealer.