Captain's ReportDo you want to thrill your friends, terrorize the fish and have everyone trying to figure out what just passed them as if they were at anchor? If this kind of macho appeals to you, Fountain’s 38 TE (Tournament Edition) Center Console Sport Fish can certainly fill these requirements. One of Team Fountain’s fishing crew dubbed it “the fishing beast.” After running my test boat through its paces, I understand where She gets the moniker. From the recommended triple Mercury 225 Optimax outboards to the large stable fishing platform forward, the 38 TE’s built to bring in the trophy fish.Before launching the 38 TE, I spotted the trademark design Fountain uses on its performance hulls. A deep 22.5-degree VEE with Super Ventilated Positive Lift hull design, notched transom and keel pad add Fountain characteristic speed and control. Measuring in at 37 feet 11 inches, this 38 footer seems more like 48 feet. Moving from aft, around the center console forward and up to the fishing deck is safe and comfortable even for a big guy like me. High quality stainless steel bow rails surround the fishing deck. Pop-up cleats keep the surface clean underway leaving no toe stubbers when moving about. The anchor well is very sturdy and easily handled my full weight without bowing or creaking under pressure. Large cutout steps lead up to the fishing deck making it much safer going up to the deck with your gear or coming down with the big fish. Movement of the deck was very stable even in the 15 to 20 knot breeze we tested in. Stepping down you find four fish boxes for the keepers (two running down each side). These boxes hold up to 800 quarts and drain overboard. Storage and access hatches are crafted into the hull throughout. A forward facing double seat is carved into the front of the center console with a 25-quart cooler below. Under the gunnels are provisions to store six rods. Our test boat also stored the optional swim ladder under the starboard gunnel. The gunnels sport pop-up cleats, dock line hawsers, and rod holders.Underneath the large fishing platform up front is a large V-berth and much more storage for extra gear. The V-berth easily sleeps two adults, stores up to eight rods in the storage area below the berths and is lit with florescent lights. Our test boat also had optional fans which really are handy when you get a little too much sun waiting on the big ones!The center console was a treasure to operate from. A pre-wired electronics box is standard. The test boat was outfitted with integrated electronics including radar, GPS and more. Switches and controls were all easy to reach and had an additional clear plastic flexible cover to shed water away. The T-top had grab bars for the riders, cup holders and a glove box. The Gaffrig instrumentation was installed for the pilot to work from the port side. A tilt wheel and drop-away helm seats with molded in footrests made operation at any speed very comfortable. The T-top had a canvas cover to keep the sun or rain out. Fountain listened to the fishing crew when they considered mounting the rod holders and lights on the back line of the T-top. The two out-board rod holders were angled so you were less likely to tangle lines with the inboard four rods! A stand-up head and shower are mounted under the center console for family outings. That’s something you wouldn’t think of for fishing, but sure makes it easier to sell it as a family boat when trying to convince the spouse you really need this boat!Access to the batteries and other bilge components was easy through the large stern access in the deck. A 50-gallon circulating livewell is mounted centerline of the stern and serves as additional seating when closed. A sink with pressurized water is mounted under a cover on the port side. Adding oil for the engines is a snap using the access ports mounted next to the sink. A walk-through transom door on the portside makes getting on and off the boat safe and also provides convenient access to the triple Optimaxes. The optional swim ladder slides into place one-handed using a slotted mount on the port side. Pressurized water connections for wash-down with fresh water or raw water are also provided.I really had fun running this boat through the paces. She got onto plane in an average of 5 seconds and was at best cruise at 3000 rpm. At best cruise I can expect to get 1.74 miles per gallon and a range of 565 miles using up all of the 360 gallons from the tank. I reached a top speed of 65.4 mph with a crew of four, a nearly full tank and strong breeze. At this speed I can expect to still get an incredible 329 miles on a full tank of fuel! Noise levels were very comfortable with best cruise at only 86 dBa. Thirty items top the list of standard items for Fountain’s 38 TE. Another 24 items are on the list of enticing optional items.If you are trying to get to the fish first, be comfortable and stylish underway or while sitting still and have the power and control of a real speed boat, you might take a long look at Fountain’s 38 Tournament Edition.By Capt. Bob SmithTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Fountain 38 CC Tournament Edition is 67.0 mph (107.8 kph), burning 64.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 243.38 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Fountain 38 CC Tournament Edition is 36.9 mph (59.4 kph), and the boat gets 1.74 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.74 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 565 miles (909.28 kilometers).
- Tested power is 3 x 225-hp Mercury OptiMax engines.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
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