Captain's ReportIf you are looking for a sport boat that also serves as a great fishing platform while pleasing mom and the kids, Reggie Fountain may have just the boat for you. This machine may be the little sister to the “fishing beast,” as Fountain’s fishing team calls the 38 TE, but she held her own during my recent test with her. This boat offers a very stable fishing platform with many goodies, a cuddy cabin to get the kids out of the sun and speed to satisfy the need for muscle in you. The 29 Outboard model is one of three deck designs available in the 29 foot Sportfish design. You may also choose the 29 Sportfish I/O with a cuddy cabin, or opt for the 29 Sportfish Center Console design which does not have a cuddy but is also powered by outboard engines. Boarding the 29 Sport Fish Cruiser OB is easy and comfortable, due in part to the hefty half-tower. Getting up front to the anchor locker is safer when holding onto the tower and the stainless steel railings. And once you get up to the bow pop-up cleats on the keep unprotected toes safe when closed. Back in the cockpit a wrap-around windshield enhanced with a three-piece enclosure protects the gang from the wind and spray. Adjustable swivel seats for both the pilot and navigator are comfortable for the short or long runs, and underneath each seat mount are insulated boxes that drain overboard. The tower does not distract from visibility, but pay attention to where your head and the back upright to the tower meet. A comfortably placed footrest accommodates both feet, and all controls are readily available to the pilot. Controls for the gear and speed are located on the left for easy reach and handling.I found this boat easy to control and the ride was smooth in part due to the hydraulic steering. There is plenty of tackle storage along with rod holders both on the half tower and along the port and starboard sides. A 45-gallon livewell is under the port seat and is easily accessible when needed. There is rod storage under both the port and starboard gunwales and pop-up cleats fitted in the midship and stern positions keep the hull lines clean underway.Hydraulic fluids and oil reservoirs are easy to get too. Heavy-duty frames instead of the typical plastic buckle and straps most builders provide protect the two batteries. 207 gallons of fuel are encased in a heavy-duty aluminum tank that is foamed, glassed and bolted in beneath the fishing platform. When I needed to get to the engines, I found plenty of room to step over the back and reach all around the pair of 225 Optimaxes.I found the cabin fairly comfortable to enter and set up for either day or evening use. The convertible dinette converts the cabin to a full berth for two adults. A galley including a sink, cabinet storage and a porta-potti for those got to-go moments is included as standard equipment. Fountain conveniently has placed more rod storage below as well. Plenty of lighting below includes florescent lights.We tested this boat with twin 225 horsepower Mercury Saltwater Series version outboards, and I was very pleased at how quickly she got up on plane, a mere 4.5 seconds. The 29 reached 30 mph in 5.3 seconds. While the 29 SPC handled very well in all conditions and at all speeds, best cruise was at 300 rpm. At this cruise, I maintained 32.2 mph (28 knots) and achieved a fuel efficiency of 2.35 mpg or consumed 13.7 gallons per hour total. If I drained the tanks chasing fish, I would get about 401 miles before pulling into the next fuel stop. At top speed I still could get over 220 miles out of a tank. This makes it very handy for a long day of fishing or a weekend of cruising beaches with the family! Handling tight turns remained easy even in the higher speeds (typical of Fountain). At top speeds the 29 turned tight with little slip giving a true feeling of control. If you are looking for a fishing boat that satisfies the family’s needs, fishes at the head of the pack and outruns most, you should take a closer look at the 29 Sport Fish Cruiser from Fountain.By Capt. Bob SmithTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Fountain 29 Sportfish Cruiser is 59.9 mph (96.4 kph), burning 46.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 174.49 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Fountain 29 Sportfish Cruiser is 32.2 mph (51.8 kph), and the boat gets 2.35 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 401 miles (645.35 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 225-hp Mercury Saltwater outboards.
Standard and Optional Features
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