Fountain 38 Express Cruiser
(w/ 2 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG HO)

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Fountain’s 38 Express Cruiser is an attractive and luxurious boat fully equipped for a weekend away with overnighting accommodations for up to four. She offers high-end performance, comfort, and plenty of amenities to boast about.

Key Features

    Fountain’s 38 Express Cruiser combines speed and luxury into this attractive boat. The cockpit on the 38 has great room for entertaining with plenty of seating for family and guests. There’s also a wet bar with a sink and icemaker, large sunpad, and good stowage. Down below the 38 has a spacious cabin with a leather settee and dining table, galley complete with refrigerator, stovetop, sink, and microwave. There are two private staterooms and a spacious head with stand up shower.

Specifications

Fountain 38 Express Cruiser Specifications
Length Overall 39'11'' Dry Weight 13,500 lbs.
Beam 10' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 2'' Fuel Cap 286 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 22 deg. Water Cap 50 gal.
Max Headroom 6' 4'' Bridge Clearance 9' 0''
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Fountain 38 Express Cruiser Engine options
Std. Power 2x425-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG HO gas sterndrives
Tested Power 2 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG HO
Opt. Power 2x500-hp MerCruiser EFI
2x300-hp Yanmar diesels

Fountain 38 Express Cruiser Photo Gallery

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Blurring the Line Between Speed and Comfort

The newly released 38 Express Cruiser will give those of us who cannot decide between a speed machine or a cruiser something to think about. This Express Cruiser has a lot to offer with her comfort, a

A Stylish and Refined Cruiser

Even though this is a cruising machine, the helm is not lacking the race inspired Gaffrig gauges and Zero-effort controls that we have all come to love. Side-by-side, electric drop bolster seats compl

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Fine Dining

The galley is complete with a refrigerator, sink, stovetop, microwave and a concealed TV/VCR. The granite-like countertop and cherry wood cabinets add a classy look to the cabin.

Light and Airy

The cabin features a long leather settee to starboard, along with a slender dining table, which provide a comfortable spot to eat meals. Large round ceiling hatches provide good light and ventilation

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Owner's Quarters

The master berth is forward, just behind a cherry wood door that will give you all the privacy you desire when accompanied by guests. A large ceiling hatch provides plenty of light and ventilation.

Elegant Comfort

An ample sized head offers plenty of room and a stand up shower.

Fountain 38 Express Cruiser Captain's Report

Fountain Combines Speed and Comfort With The New 38

Well Reggie Fountain has done it again! The newly released 38 Express Cruiser will give those of us who cannot decide between a speed machine or a cruiser something to think about. Fountain still manufactures the Sport Cruiser, but the Express has more beam and significantly more comfort and amenities.

Let’s start with the famous race proven hull technology that has given Fountain numerous speed and offshore world records. The notched transom and pad keel are improved by the positive lift notches that get this 13,000 pound boat off and running at a surprising top end speed of almost 65 mph. Want to go faster? The good folks at Fountain will help you with that by installing several other power plant and drive options.

At the stern we find a large swim platform and a deep transom storage hatch for fenders and lines. To port is a transom door that will lead you to the large u-shaped settee that converts to a dinning table with room for all your guests during those special sunset meals. Directly to port, is a wet bar with plenty of counter space, a sink and icemaker. As we move forward we notice the inviting chase lounge to port and the famous Fountain helm to starboard. A molded fiberglass radar arch accents the cockpit and provides all the room you need for antennas and securing the convertible top.

Even though this is a cruising machine, the helm is not lacking the race inspired layout, or the Gaffrig gauges and Zero-effort controls that we have all come to love. As per a typical Fountain helm, the lefty throttles and shifters are funky and do take a bit to get used to. But once you’ve adjusted to the instrumentation and controls, you find them to be totally functional. I did struggle a bit with the depthfinder readout, which is unfortunately hidden behind the top of the steering wheel. A simple relocation would help those of us that find ourselves in shallow waters. Side-by-side, electric drop bolster seats compliment the helm and make rough water passage more tolerable, something you don’t find in their competitors product. All the helm switches are easily accessible and there is adequate room at the top of the dash to add your favorite electronics. The standard Azimuth digital compass is just one example of how serious this cruiser is about doing its job.

A three-piece door at the companionway leads us below deck. The upper door neatly slides out of the way for good headroom clearance, but the other two doors open and secure outward, just waiting for your unsuspecting knees. Three steps down and you’re in the cabin, where the luxuries of a fine cruiser await you. A long, leather settee to starboard and its accompanying slender dinning table provide you with a comfortable spot to eat your gourmet meals made in the portside galley. The galley is complete with a fridge, sink, stovetop, microwave and a concealed TV/VCR. The granite-like counter top and cherry wood cabinets add a classy European look to the cabin. The large round ceiling hatches provide good light and ventilation when needed. The master berth is forward, just behind a cherry wood door that will give you all the privacy you desire when accompanied by guests. They can bunk in the cozy aft cabin, well it’s more of a nook than a cabin, but two can sleep the night away here. Finally, and most importantly, an ample sized head with stand-up shower is located to port.

Back at topside, Fountain has made access to the bow very easy with steps neatly incorporated into the engine air intakes both port and starboard. The non-skid side decks lead you to the anchor locker and windlass controls. The custom, polished stainless steel anchor is flush mounted and conforms to the beak of the bow. Every corner of this boat is sleek and refined.

This Express Cruiser has a lot to offer with her comfort, amenities and performance. She will undoubtedly give the competition something to think about.

By Capt. Ron Svoboda

Test Captain

Fountain 38 Express Cruiser Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Fountain 38 Express Cruiser is 66.0 mph (106.2 kph), burning 68.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 258.52 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Fountain 38 Express Cruiser is 42.0 mph (67.6 kph), and the boat gets 1.13 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.48 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 292 miles (469.93 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 2 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG HO.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Fountain 38 Express Cruiser Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Radar Standard
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard
Galley
Icemaker Optional
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Arch: Electronics Standard
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Optional
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Fountain 38 Express Cruiser Warranty

Fountain 38 Express Cruiser Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

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