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Old 09-26-2015, 09:39 PM
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Wondering how the 38 Fountain CC rides compared to others like Nor Tech, Yellowfin, etc.?
Also is the fountain efficient compared to these models? Any information is appreciated.
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Old 09-27-2015, 04:32 AM
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A friend has one with trip 350 Verados, full Garmin electronics, and FLIR camera. We typically run 65-80mi one way to the fishing grounds. It's fast, but we really only fish that boat in near perfect conditions. Like any CC you are going to get wet and bounced around. With 4 guys and loaded up it still runs fast. I can't give you accurate numbers because he runs it pretty hard ...we can get out to the destination in just under 2 hours which makes it very nice.
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I've owned 4 of them. Best boat for the money hands down. Best speed and efficiency. I think the rides are all comparable and the fountains are way better priced. I have a 39 SV now but it was nowhere near the price point of a 38 fountain
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Originally Posted by Oh Reely! View Post
I've owned 4 of them. Best boat for the money hands down. Best speed and efficiency. I think the rides are all comparable and the fountains are way better priced. I have a 39 SV now but it was nowhere near the price point of a 38 fountain
Yeah I have been noticing that's fountains are a lot cheaper than some other large center consoles. Is there any particular reason for this?
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Originally Posted by Fontnel View Post
Yeah I have been noticing that's fountains are a lot cheaper than some other large center consoles. Is there any particular reason for this?
Dated hull and less demand. The updates in 2010/2011 made it a much cleaner boat. My buddy has an 2006 rides pretty good but not quite the level when compared to nortech, cigarette, invincible, seavee, etc..
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I've got a 2008 38 Sportfish Cruiser. Unbelievably fuel efficient, great ride, especially in 1-3 footers. Very dry boat. It's relatively inexpensive since Reggie left and the company is only building to order.
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Old 09-27-2015, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Pipo6007 View Post
Dated hull and less demand. The updates in 2010/2011 made it a much cleaner boat. My buddy has an 2006 rides pretty good but not quite the level when compared to nortech, cigarette, invincible, seavee, etc..
Ok thanks, the one I was thinking about was a 2011
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The newer ones are really great fishing boats. Big fishboxes, nice livewells, lots of deck, 575 gallons of fuel, and built like a brick shit house...hard to beat for the money. But the ride is pretty rigid. Not as good as other brands mentioned.
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PM propbender or call Grander Marine (251) 271-0166. Chris is the authority on these boats your interested in. I went to see him Friday to test drive a 38 fountain and got to see him shooting pictures of a 392 Nortech for Florida sportsman. One of Chris's employees put it great, "If the Fountain is a Mercedes the Nortech is that Mercedes sent to AMG." Chris was one of the most knowledgeable/honest guys I've had the pleasure of dealing with on a boat sale. Do yourself a favor and give him a call if you are really interested. You will come away a lot more informed on making a decision I can guarantee that.


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Originally Posted by bigtuna View Post
The newer ones are really great fishing boats. Big fishboxes, nice livewells, lots of deck, 575 gallons of fuel, and built like a brick shit house...hard to beat for the money. But the ride is pretty rigid. Not as good as other brands mentioned.
I 2nd bigtuna.....he's spot on. Great boats with tons of space,storage,fish boxes....lots of fuel so it's long range capable, it's a 1mpg boat that can handle big seas and keep you safe. They seems to be very well built and are tough as nails, however they are quite "rigid" and don't have the soft forgiving ride of a YF. I have made plenty of 300+nm trips on a 38 with trip F350's and can say they are truly fish killing machines!
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Old 09-27-2015, 01:10 PM
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I just sold mine. I think it is a great boat. They are really fast and efficient. They are also fun to drive. There is a lot you can to with tab and trim. It really changes the attitude and performance of the boat. You get a driving experience. Mine was a 2011 and had a great layout.
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Ride in one then Drive One!!! You wont regret it!!!
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Hands down, one of the best boats for what you're paying. Not on the level of Nor-Tech, but still one of the best riding hulls to my experiences. 80mph triple boosted 300 Verado.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:55 AM
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Thank you for the kind words Houlester

The 38' Fountain is in my opinion one of the top stepped CC hulls on the market. She was way ahead of her time and the hull was tweaked along the way. The upgrades in 2011 including the deck, construction, livewells, console, and rigging really stepped up the 38' Fountains game. Ride is subjective and every dog has their day. The 38 Fountain is still the fastest and most efficient hull on the market. She does have a small learning curve in rough seas and proper driver input makes a huge difference in ride quality.

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(Gulf chop, not swell), in anything 2' or less she gets on top and dominates the competition. In 3-4' she can be a little tender compared to some others and you have to drive the boat. In 4-6' she is back to dominating the waves and the heavy weight and massive bow are very confident in the rough. The 38 is very predictable and in large beam and following seas the bow holds true. I consider the 38' Fountain to be on par with Yellowfin, Contender, Invincible, etc.

The Nor-Tech on the other hand is on a different level. The ride of the 392 is the best I have yet to experience on any CC, no matter what the size. The rigging and finish is in my opinion in a league of its own. Fish-ability, ride, and capabilities are off the charts when compared to others.

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the 38 Fountain was on my short list vs 36 Invincible. I got the 36 Invincible just because it was a better optioned boat between the 2 i was looking at. But i still long for a 38 Fountain with the new cap and deck one day. It is the heaviest of similar sized boats mentioned, and that weight helped the ride while still being faster than the others with equal power.

So it was bigger, faster, wider, and heavier. The only downside i can think of is you need a 20k lb lift instead of a 16K, and you need a strong truck if trailering. They also dont have any flotation from what i gathered and heard of one that sunk off the GOM caught in a freaky bad storm with 70+mph winds. Lots of glass.....no balsa.
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I will say this I have been offshore on a whole list of different 38 and 34 fountains with a couple of different drivers behind the wheel and when the person on the sticks knows what they are doing that fountain will eat up a rough sea! I have been with Propbender in 4 to 6 (per the buoy reading so no exaggeration there) and the boat ate it up like I had never seen before. I have also been out with drivers that didn't understand how to run the boat properly and wished I was back on my cat. The point being that the 38 fountain has the ability to run with anything out there if run properly. Think of the pedigree and what Reggie built boats to do, Run fast in rough water offshore! The updated layout is also pretty sweet with lots of range and tons of live well space as well as below deck storage and fishboxs.
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It will pretty much run with the rest but you will feel every little bump doing so. Very solid boat, there is no cushion or anything to absurb the vibrations.
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Old 09-30-2015, 04:29 AM
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Thanks for all of the information, what do you guys feel like is the best outboard setup for this boat?
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Originally Posted by Fontnel View Post
Thanks for all of the information, what do you guys feel like is the best outboard setup for this boat?
If I was lucky enough to be buying new, I would go Trip 350/400 Verado.

Quads if you want that extra speed, but you don't really need it. That just my my opinion, maybe propbender has otherwise.
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Originally Posted by TwentyFourSeven View Post
It will pretty much run with the rest but you will feel every little bump doing so. Very solid boat, there is no cushion or anything to absurb the vibrations.
I guess you can say the 38 Fountains are pretty much running with the rest in this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMfXxAB9olc

Sure looks like they felt every bump along the way too.
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