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Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser
(w/ 2 x 525-hp MerCruiser 575 SCi (Bravo I))

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Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser
Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser
If speed is your middle name and you love a thrill ride then this high-performance machine is a dream come true. According to Fountain the 42 Lightning holds the V-bottom world record at 140 mph.

Key Features

    The 42 Lightning offers a fast ride with luxurious accommodations below. The cockpit features a good size sun pad, large aft bench seat for up to four, and two comfortable bolster seats that will lock both the driver and passenger in place. The helm is loaded with all the gauges and switches you’ll need, Gaffrig throttles and shifters, heavy-duty hydraulic trim tabs, and more. Down below the 42 features a V-berth forward, with a wraparound leather sofa and plenty of lighting. There’s an enclosed head with a porti-potti and sink with pressurized water system.


Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser Specifications
Length Overall 42' 0'' Dry Weight 9,400 lbs.
Beam 8' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 4'' Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 260 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity 13 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 24 deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom 5' Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance ~ Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
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 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser Photo Gallery

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Powerful Tradition

The 42 Lighting with diesel power was designed to maintain Fountain’s tradition of speed combined with luxury. However this year the company incorporated the safe and fuel-efficient diesel power plant

Share the Thrilling Ride

Visibility from the helm is very good, and the low profile design of the boat gives close to 360% of visibility. Racing seats for driver and passenger, a smaller wheel backed, and a complete array of

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Worthwhile Trade Off

The forward cabin is well designed and shows good use of space. There is however low headroom and it’s narrow toward the front, but that’s the price you pay for the look and speed of a high-performanc

Satisfy Any Speed Demon

All in all the 42 lighting diesel is a fast and luxurious high-performance boat, with a well laid out floor plan, combined with diesel power, and a long list of standard equipment.

Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser Captain's Report

A World-Class Offshore Race Boat

If you’re in the market for the ultimate blend of performance, styling and bragging rights, then Fountain powerboats of North Carolina have something you should consider. The 42-foot Lightning currently holds the world speed record for v-bottom boats at an astonishing 140 plus miles per hour. Of course a full race rigged machine holds this record, however, you can get your hands on a recreational version of this boat and enjoy the experience of a world-class offshore race boat.

It was a chilly morning on our test day; the temperature was hovering just above 50 degrees with a stiff wind of 10 to 15 knots. Perfect, for testing one of the longest and fastest sport boats that money can buy. Our test boat was powered by a pair of MerCruiser 550 horsepower supercharged EFI stern drives, also known as 575 Csi’s. The power plants are staggered to provide a low center of gravity and great access to perform maintenance. The people at Fountain pay great attention to detail, as the engine compartment is one of the most meticulously prepared bays that I have seen. Every component and sub-system was in a proper place and neatly secured and easily accessible.

Pulling in and out of the dock, I found the Lightning quite easy to handle considering her overall length of 42 feet. Underway, I was pleased to find her maneuvering abilities to be nimble and responsive. Getting the 10,000 pound boat on plane was much easier than I expected, she popped out of the hole with little effort. Trim and tab adjustments were a breeze as we accelerated to a cheek flapping 86 mph. During our aggressive testing regiment, I could not help but feel that all this fiberglass felt more like a thirty-something boat, as she gave a sense of refinement and forgiveness that I have not found in other long speed machines. I must say that the line of sight over the bow is excellent.

If all this good feeling is not enough for you, then go below deck to find a spacious cabin that accommodates you and guests for over night trips. Access to the cabin is through a three-piece companionway door, and although the headroom is good, a single sliding door would be more inviting to use. Below deck, an enclosed head with shower is located to starboard. To port is a small galley, which incorporates a self-draining cooler, sink and ample storage cabinets. Leather couches are on both the port and starboard sides, and a large V-berth finishes off the over night accommodations.

I found this boat to be very user friendly for the driver, and also for friends and family. A beam width swim platform with a recessed folding ladder make going for a dip easy, and the transom shower will help get the salt off after your swim.

The 42 Lightning is an exciting high performance boat that will get you to your destination with style and speed. She’s one boat that will keep everyone’s attention from the time she leaves the dock, up until the last roar of her engines.

By Capt. Ron Svoboda

Test Captain

Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser is 88.0 mph (141.6 kph), burning 93.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 355.41 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser is 40.2 mph (64.7 kph), and the boat gets 1.06 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.45 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 248 miles (399.12 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 2 x 525-hp MerCruiser 575 SCi (Bravo I).
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser Standard and Optional Equipment
Stereo Standard
Head: Portable Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser Warranty

Fountain 42 Lightning with 525-hp MerCruiser 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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