Captain's ReportFountain Combines Speed and Comfort With The New 38Well 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 SvobodaTest Captain
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.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!