Fountain 34 CC Review
Fountain 34 CC Review If you know anything about motorboats, you know this name: Reggie Fountain. What you may not know is this champion race-boot-driver-turned-performance boat builder sells more center console fishing boats in his well motorboats blooming as long nose-fast boats. With the exception of the fishing boats, hair-on-fire were quickly built on Fountain’s top racing bottoms.
The 34 cc We tested timed 62 mph on dual 350 Verado outboard. The crotch Hull made up most of the horsepower, but the well design fest in turns, defying the nasty rap to get some crotch hulls for slipping and swapping ends. We think that the 34 cc built today is better than the best in previous production runs, because Wood stringers and transoms are the things of the past in well motorboats. Composite construction is lighter and will not rot, guaranteed. Fountain has the same great and timeless style lines that admire boat enthusiasts, and they are as good today as ever because the well hull design was ahead of its time from the start.
The rudder was double protected, first by a nice hardtop with stereo speakers and memory boxes above, plus LED lights to put a glow on the deck at night. Even the cup holders have led lamps. The hyphen is black performance to combat glare, and memory pockets above will keep phones safe. Our boat was tricked with hinged aft seats over the livewell with a backrest in the rear. For fishing, upholstery and backrest can be stowed and the cockpit opens up like the tournament ready boat.
To maximize performance, the 34 includes several design features originally tested on the company’s offshore racing models. The hull includes a notch mirror, twin-positive lift steps for ventilation and a pad keel to minimize the drag without sacrificing control. The weight is kept in check by using composite, hand-laid fiberglass with high-density foam ring and vinyl vinylester resin. The end result is only 18 inches less ground tread than the 38-foot tournament edition, but the performance features are very similar.
A dual seat on the front of the console has a cooler underneath it, doubling its purpose. To the front, the casting deck is a 180-degree all-round lounge with thick cushions for back rests. In fact, the pads stretch from stem to stern, beam to beam. Like the aft seat cushion, you can stow the bow pillows for gritty fishing action-go ahead, bloody the decks. If you go to the fishing area and go fast, let them ashore to ease the load and harden your fishing platform. Railing and shotgun rod holders abound, and hardtop rocket launchers plus Undergunwale storage hold additional rods handy. Lockers in the deck and under the seats have lockable latches. Rigging is made easy with dedicated tackle storage in the console sides, and fish boxes are huge with pumps to drain them off.
Fountain 34 CC Review
We’re glad Reggie is back with well Fischer. We are not so sure about the competition.
- High points Includes dual livewells and efficient high-speed pickups designed for step hulls.
- Recessed handle rails from helmet to bow, port to starboard add safety without being stuck.
- Hardtop is designed to get your brand of outrigger mounts.
- Price: $340,000 (as tested)
- How we tested Engine: Dual Mercury Verados 350 hp
- Drive/prop: Mercury Enertia eco 19 “3-sheet stainless steel
- Transmission ratio: 1.75:1
- Fuel load: 200 gal.
- Crew weight: 400 lb.