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Boat Reviews By Owners

1992 -- 35' 0" FOUNTAIN

Model: Lightning

Cockpit: In a typical HP set up, very comfortable electic bolster seats at the helm as well as on the port side. Behind is a bench seat for three comfortably, and four if they are the best of friends. With a low cut plexi-windshield, you will get a bit of wind in your hair, but what would you expect from a 70+mph ride. The hydraulic engine covers provide an outstanding "tanning" pad when you decide to drop the hook at your favorite spot. At the helm, power trim on the wheel is a plus. Also, individual KPlane controls, or a tandem toggle assists in maintaining proper trim, especially if your desire is to squeeze every last HP from your ride. As with all Fountain Boats, the Zero Effect Controls are on the left side. It actually took only about two hours of operations to make the adjustment.

Cabin: The cabin is pretty spacious considering the style of boat. An enclosed head with s/s sink and mirror is a favorite with the wife. On the port side, as you step down into the cabin, you will find another s/s sink, Nordic Cold Refer/Frzr. unit, as well as entertainment ctr. Forward you will find a U Shaped Settee. A hatch is centered in the cabin which will allow you access to the foredeck for anchoring. The V-Birth provides over 6.5' of space.

Construction: We have been extremely pleased with the overall construction of this boat. You certainly do "get what you pay for". Fountains cost more out of the box as opposed to Baja and Scarab, but they also tend to hold value better. Our boat now has 220 hours and not a squeek is heard. The exterior finish is fantastic, as Fountain utilizes Paint versus Tape in enhancing appearance. Interior finish is also extraordinary, with high grade materials on seats, and a leather finish in the cabin.

Handling: By design, the boat is an Offshore "Prowler" and seems to do better in a 3'chop than anything else The boat tracks perfectly and is immediately responsive to changes in throttle, trim, or direction. We have never experienced "chine walk" or any other inferior quality sometimes associated with lesser designed, or rigged boats.

Engine Room: Our boat is pretty much factory standard, with T-Merc. 502 Magnums, together with Bravo 1 Outdrives. I guess if you need the extra 10mph, you could spend the $25-35,000 for upgrades that can get this boat into the high 80 mph range. I have enough trouble keeping my eyes from watering at 60mph, never mind 80mph.

General Comments: After owning Baja, Formula and Fountain Performance Boats, I would certainly never hesitate to recommend the latter two. A committment to quality in every boat built is certainly their goal. They are also wonderful on after sale support. I needed some info. on my 7 year old boat which required someone to wade through a wharehouse full of mud (1 week after last year's hurricane) in order to retrieve an old file on my boat. I expected a call in a month. I got a call in 10 minutes........that is customer care! We use our boat primarily for cruising. It's the best for a "fast getaway" and allows us to get to the islands of Southern New England in no time at all.

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Date Submitted: 2000-05-03

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