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Old 02-17-2004, 01:00 PM
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I am new to the board and planning on purchasing a 2000 25 Foot Fountain CC w a single 250 merc with 80 hours. Any thoughts on the boat?? Does it have a large draft?

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Old 02-17-2004, 01:09 PM
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I don't think Fountain made or makes a 25ft boat. You are probably referring to the 23ft CC? www.fountainpowerboats.com

Although they don't list the draft, I suspect that it probably doesn't dract much more than 24". These are relatively light boats for their size. The 250 single should be plenty for that boat with a top end of close to 50 mph I would guess. Usually powered with Mecury engines. Hope that helps.
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Wlecome to the board...The first thing I reccomend is a survey unless you feel comfortable checking out a used boat yourself (they can be very helpful) Second, like anything it depends a lot on the money your spending on the rig. Be sure you look at the book value for it and don't pay anymore for it than that even with just 80 hours on it. While I have only been able to examine a handful of fountains (there aint many round here) I did like the older ones, they seemed well built and solid. But I will tell ya I jumped on a 04 31 footer at a recent boat show and it was a disapointment. 131,000 with two 225 Merc's. The floor hatches flexed, not much storage, the glass seemed awefully thin and basically it was not a 130g boat. For that kind of money Jupiter, Regulator, or others would be much better. But again, for a good deal I would check one out, but I think you pay a lot for that fountain name when they are new..Just my opinion.. Good Luck and welcome again...
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It's the same boat. It used to be labeled as a 25 but was reduced in name only to a 23 to fit the SKA's 23 and under classification.
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It's the same as the 23CC currently available. It's a good solid boat with a good ride in normal conditions. It is not a hardcore rough water offshore boat like there larger models but it's perfect for the bays and offshore when it's 2-4 or less. With the 250, expect speeds in the mid 50s. Cracker, that price is way out of line, I can't believe you spent that much? We sell them for about 100-110 all day long, and have a leftover '03 for 90. O well, no use cying over spilt milk. Maybe there's more of a demand up there?
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NO-No I didn't buy one.....
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Rumor has it that the 23 is being totally re-designed as we speak. Any updates on that?
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Bigdaddy,

Unless you are getting a steal on that boat I would not buy it. First off the boat is not a true 25' boat because it has 2 feet of bow overhang from the pointed bow and about 2 feet of platform on the back so the running length is more like 21.5 to 22 feet. Interior space is limited as well.

I'll just say this. I bought a 31 direct from Reggie in 96. I went down to the plant and watched them building boats, talked to him about certain models, etc and I specifically asked him about the 25. He point blank told me that the boat has some issues with it and not to waste my time with that model.

I did not dig any deeper. I'm a certified surveyor and know the boat well. IT is made ok, no real issues. To this day I don't know if he was referring to a handling/performance issue or the stringer system as they were experimenting with an all glass stringer system then.

If they want more than 25-30k for it I would focus on something that is bigger like a 23-25 Contender, Regulator or Bluewater.

Plus I'll never own Mercury's again after my Fountain. Enough said.

Good luck.
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The 25 is a decent running boat. It tries to run on top of the waves, but is just too small once the waves get into the 3-4 foot class. I ran one for a couple of years and it ran alright but was nothing special. The new 23 will be out in about 6 weeks and will be very similar in layout to the 34. It will have a single step, probably a 9' beam, lots of storage, space to rig twins, and flat gunnels to mount lots of rod holders for the livebait crowd.
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