Baja Marine closes deal on new lines

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Baja Marine announced it officially acquired the assets of boat companies Donzi Marine, Fountain Powerboats and Pro-Line Boats from American Marine Holdings.

The company has been in discussions to purchase its sister brands after a long and drawn-out court battle and two Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in two years.

All four brands — Baja, Donzi, Fountain and Pro-Line — will operate as independent entities. They will be based at the Baja Marine facility on Whichards Beach Road in Washington, N.C.

The acquisition was prompted by ongoing demand by customers and marine dealers for new boats from Donzi, Fountain and Pro-Line since American Marine Holdings suspended production of these brands in 2011, according to Baja Marine CEO Johnny Walker. “We’ve been getting calls on a daily basis,” Walker said in a statement.

In mid-August, the company began building the 247 Islander, 26 Outlaw, 278 Performance and 30 Outlaw models, and more recently added the 277 Islander and 35 Outlaw models for 2013.

Walker announced that plans were being formulated to relaunch the other three brands in 2013.