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Fountain CC 34’ vs 38’

Old 05-18-2019, 08:05 PM
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Default Fountain CC 34’ vs 38’

I’m wanting to move up to a 38’ cc from the 34’ but I want to make a wise choice. For those who’ve run or owned both what should I expect? Will the ride be a huge difference? The transporting I’m sure is a pretty good difference. Thanks for your opinions and help.
Old 07-12-2019, 06:20 PM
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Did you end up upgrading? I would like to hear a comparison as well.

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Old 07-19-2019, 08:33 AM
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Ask Propbender (Chris Bazor, owner Grander Marine, Orange Beach, Alabama) as he has probably logged more hours on the fountain 34 and 38 than anyone, and is way more knowledgeable than myself on these hulls and about any other CC for that matter. Really can't say enough nice things about Chris, just a great guy, and a great business (Grander Marine), to work with when buying a boat. Having said that, I personally have owned the fountain 31, 34, and 38. I won't comment on the 31 as it is a considerably smaller boat than the 34 and 38, and is really not in the same class as the larger hulls. Let me start by saying I feel as if the fountain 34 and 38 are two of the most under rated boats in their class. My 34 had triple 2014 Verado 300s with the aux 160 gallon front tank, and the ride was very fast (45 - 46 mph cruise at 1 MPG and top speed in mid to high 60s), and surprisingly smooth. In anything 2.5' and under, the boat stayed in the water nicely and simply ran on top. Larger than 3' and the props could start to bark and I would typically slow down to keep the props in the water. In the rough, the boat performed well, but was wet of course as most small center consoles are. It is a big and heavy 34 with lots of fishing space (bow was completely open without seats), and the drift was the best I have experienced. The boat does not snap roll on the drift. The hull holds its beam past the center console making the boat feel very wide in the bow and very stable on the drift. The boat likes to ride up and out if that makes sense. For comparison, I have ridden on the contender 33T and I liked the ride of the 34 fountain better. Complaints are typical older fountain (mine was a 2005 hull with 2014 vrods), messy wiring and poor access to pumps, wiring etc. But in terms of performance, it is a fast stable hull with plenty of fishing space. While I liked the trip 300s, the more economical set-up would be twin 350s - 400s, and the newer fountains are typically set-up with twins. The 34 with trip four strokes does feel a little aft heavy when backing down in rough seas, but does not feel aft heavy when running as the four blade bravo I props give stern lift.

The fountain 38 is similar to the 34, but bigger, faster, and drier. The 38 is a foot wider, about 3' - 4' longer, and maybe 1500 - 2000 lbs heavier, so it feels like a much bigger and heavier boat than the 34. My 38 is a 2018 with triple 350 vrods with Eco props and the mileage at cruise is actually as good or better than the 34 with trip 300 vrods. Cruise is 48 - 50 mph getting a 1 - 1.1 mpg with a top speed of 76 mph (light). The hull has a sharper entry than the 34 and throws spray behind the console making for a relatively soft and dry ride (dryer than the 34 for sure). The 38 takes a little more driver input than the 34 in terms of dialing in the right trim, tab, and speed for the conditions. The boat is still very stable, maybe slightly less stable than the 34, but still very stable for a CC when running and on the drift. The 38 can handle quads, so it does not feel stern heavy with trips in any conditions. I have not really been in the rough with this hull yet, but I suspect it will do considerably better than the 34. The newer fountains (2011 an up) have really improved on fit, finish, wiring, and access, so no real complaints there. The 38 also keeps the props in the water when at fast cruise in 2.5 - 3 footers surprisingly well. Both the 34 and 38 hulls are very stiff, without any noticeable hull flex, and neither showed any stress or even gel coat cracks indicative of hull flex. Of course I like the newer 38 better than the 34 as the 38 is a heavier, longer, wider and yet a faster and more efficient hull. But the 34 is a great hull, especially when considering the price. Can't go wrong either way, just depends on how much you want to spend and if you want twins or trips. Hope this helps.
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Thank you for the response. I ordered a 38. Going with triple Mercury V8 300 Verado. Should take about 4 months. Very excited.

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Report back! Congrats.
Old 11-13-2019, 09:12 AM
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I'm not sure if you got your boat but we recently listed this 2018 38. It's very clean and priced to sell

https://www.thehulltruth.com/boat-co...=#post13078504
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Interesting. Seems that possibly with the same power a 38 will be faster than the 34. If this is the case it doesn’t say much for the 34.
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Yes, the 38 is “slightly” faster and more fuel efficient than the 34 for the same power. I don’t think it is a knock on the 34 hull as it too is a fast and efficient hull. They are just different hull designs and they perform as such. The 34 hull is slightly deeper (23 deg versus 22.5 deg for the 38), and it holds its beam farther forward than the 38. The 38 with a trip set-up gets up on the pad a little more than the 34 with trips, and with more aggressive steps, has slightly less drag than the 34. The 34 is great boat with trips, but the twin set-up is probably optimal. Whereas the 38 is a trip or quad boat.
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