RE: The end of Bayliner/Meridan?
Meridian isn't going out of business.
From the Meridian website:
Brunswick Corporation (Meridian Yachts is a brand of the Brunswick Boat Group) recently announced a new manufacturing plan that impacts many of Brunswicks domestic boat brands. Part of this plan included the closure of a facility in Arlington, Washington, where Meridian Yachts have been manufactured since their inception.
While western Washington was in many ways a prime place for our production operations, it was limiting in terms of structure (boat size was limited by building size), plant layout (complex) and location (land-locked). As a result, Meridian is currently beginning a move to the east coast of Florida, into an existing Brunswick yacht facility. Meridian dealers around the world have current inventory and will continue to be supplied with new boats during the transition through an inventory build-up prior to the announcement.
This move is ultimately a positive development for Meridian, and it will put the company in a better position moving forward. The new facility will allow the manufacture of larger yachts, including the upcoming Meridian 501 Sedan Bridge, and it will simplify the boat-building process. It will also help accomplish our aggressive new product development goals, including a new series of cockpit and aft-cabin Motoryachts and a revised Pilothouse portfolio.
For more details on our portfolio of boats, please contact your local Meridian Yachts dealer. Thank you for your interest in Meridian Yachts!