SOURCE: Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc.

January 09, 2007 09:00 ET

Fountain Powerboats' Motocraft Dealer in Greece a Big Success at 28th Annual Athens International Boat Show

Ten Day Show at the Foot of the Acropolis Leads to a Fountain-Motocraft Celebrity Poker Run

WASHINGTON, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 9, 2007 -- Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc. (AMEX: FPB), a leading manufacturer of high performance sport boats, fish boats and express cruisers, today announced the results of its participation in the 2006 Athens International Boat Show in Athens, Greece with Motocraft, Fountain Worldwide's exclusive boat dealer in Greece and the Greek Islands.

Motocraft, one of the very first international dealers for Fountain Powerboats, has proven itself over the past three years with sales exceeding $1 million each year. Aris and Alex Zeis, the owners of Motocraft, are deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of the dealership, which their father started in the early 1960s. The Motocraft facility lies in the heart of Athens and is equipped with state-of-the-art sales offices and is the leading Mercury-Fountain service facility in Europe.

"With boating being an important tradition in the Greek culture," said Aris Zeis, "the Fountain-Motocraft exhibit, with its fleet of Fountain sports boats, fish boats, and express cruisers, drew huge crowds day after day."

After the resounding success of the Athens show, Fountain-Motocraft began the process of organizing the first official poker run in Greece. "We are so excited to bring these boating events to Athens," said Zeis. "We have invited dozens of celebrities to the poker run and, with a large fleet of Fountain powerboats, the event will provide marketing opportunities and further demonstrate the superior performance and benefits of Fountain boats, compared to the traditional 'rib' boats, which were once so highly rated in the region. We know how the Fountain boats perform," continued Zeis, "and we are determined to show the rest of Greece how fantastic they are."

What is a Celebrity Poker Run?

A poker run is an organized event using a boat or other form of transportation where celebrities travel over a pre-designated route and, at designated stops on the route, draw playing card(s). The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run.

About the Athens International Boat Show

The Athens International Boat Show is the biggest and most important show of its field held in Greece. 250 exhibitors participate at this trade show annually with the 2006 show being the 28th straight year the show was held. The show is the major commercial event of the year for the nautical market in Greece.

The shows draw approximately 83,000 visitors, with approximately 6,700 who are buyers or dealers. The Athens International Boat Show is held under the auspices of the International Federation of Boat Show Organizers (IFBSO) and the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA). For more information, visit the Athen International Boat Show web site:

About Fountain Powerboats, Inc.

Fountain Powerboats, Inc., a subsidiary of Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc., has its executive offices and manufacturing facilities along the Pamlico River in Beaufort County, North Carolina. The company designs, manufactures and sells offshore sport boats, sport fishing boats and express cruisers that target the segment of the recreational power boat market where speed, performance, safety and quality are the main criteria for purchase. These recreational boats are based upon an innovative, award-winning design enabling world-class performance while using standard reliable power. There are currently 12 buildings located on 65 acres totaling over 237,000 square feet accommodating 40 to 45 boats in various stages of construction at any one time. The present plant site can also accommodate up to 300,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space. The land and buildings are wholly owned by Fountain Powerboat Industries, Inc. and its subsidiary, Fountain Powerboats, Inc. For more information, visit

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