Baja Marine Supplying Sportboats To Freedom Boat Club

Baja will convert the 247 Islander to Mercury Verado outboard power for members of the Freedom Boat Club.

27th April 2014.
By Matt Trulio

With 82 franchises from the Northeast to the Southwest, the Freedom Boat Club provides its 8,000 members with access to a variety of powerboats.

Baja’s 247 Islander will soon be an option for members of the Freedom Boat Club.

Baja’s 247 Islander will soon be an option for members of the Freedom Boat Club.

Thanks to the club’s recently announced alliance with Baja Marine in Washington, NC, those members, all of whom pay a one-time membership fee and monthly dues, will soon have outboard-engine-powered Baja 247 Islander sportboats as an option for getting out on the water.

“We are working on converting the 247, which is traditionally a sterndrive boat with a MerCruiser 377 engine, to an outboard boat with a 300-horsepower Mercury Verado outboard, which is what the club wants,” says John Walker, chief executive officer of Baja Marine.

The Freedom Boat Club was founded in 1989. While the club offers a variety of deck boats and center-consoles, including Pro-Line models, another brand under the Baja Marine manufacturing umbrella will provide the closest thing it has to a performance-oriented-and-styled sportboat.

“This is a great boating alternative that we are very pleased to support,” said Walker in a press release from Baja Marine. “We look forward to having Freedom Boat Club members use our products and enjoy boating in them all over the country.

“In today’s environment, it takes creative, out-of-the-box thinking to get 8,000 boaters on the water,” Walker adds. “This is a program that we can get behind.”

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Matt Trulio

Matt Trulio is the co-publisher and editor in chief of, a daily news site with a weekly newsletter and a new bi-monthly digital magazine that covers the high-performance powerboating world. The former editor-in-chief of Sportboat magazine and editor at large of Powerboat magazine, Trulio has covered the go-fast powerboat world since 1995. Since joining in 2000, he has written more than 200 features and blogs.
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