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Fountain 48 Express Cruiser
(w/ 3 x 420-hp Yanmar diesels)

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Fountain 48 Express Cruiser
Fountain 48 Express Cruiser
The 48 Express Cruiser is the flagship of the Fountain fleet. She combines speed and luxury into a good-looking cruiser with a two stateroom, two head layout.

Key Features

    The cockpit on the 48 has plenty of room for entertaining and features a wet bar so no one has to travel far for beverages. There’s a large sun pad for taking in the rays, and a swim platform with retractable ladder for easy boarding. The 48 Express Cruiser features a spacious cabin with a wraparound lounge with entertainment center with TV/VCR. The galley is complete with refrigerator, two-burner cooktop, microwave, and plenty of counterspace and cabinets. Two private staterooms along with two heads complete this beauty.


Fountain 48 Express Cruiser Specifications
Length Overall 48' 6'' Dry Weight 22,000 lbs.
Beam 12' 0'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 2'' Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 457 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity 80 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 22 deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom 6' 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 48 Express Cruiser Engine options
Std. Power 3x420-hp Yanmar diesels
Tested Power 3 x 420-hp Yanmar diesels
Opt. Power 3x300-hp Yanmar diesels
3x500-hp MerCruiser 500 EFI inboards

Fountain 48 Express Cruiser Photo Gallery

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Standard Setting Luxury and Speed

Fountain’s 48 Express Cruiser was designed to set a new standard in high-speed luxury diesel powered yachts. Although slow when getting out of the hole she planed off in an unbelievable burst of speed

Good Room for Entertaining

The cabin features a wraparound sofa with TV/VCR combination for comfortable entertaining. The galley has Corian countertops, sink, two-burner stove, and a wet bar with icemaker.

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Overnight in Total Comfort

The layout on the 48 Express Cruiser features a forward cabin with large V-berth with comforter and pillows, dresser, and cedar-lined hanging locker.

Good “Head Room” Below

The stand up head offers plenty of room to comfortable move around.

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Give your Guests the Royal Treatment Too!

The guest quarters are privately located aft. Inside is a queen-sized bed that is sure to make guests think you gave them the master cabin.

Fountain 48 Express Cruiser Captain's Report

Fountain’s 48 Express Cruiser was designed to set a new standard in high-speed luxury diesel powered yachts. The 48 Express Cruiser was just introduced into the line for 2002. Fountain has incorporated diesel power into this beauty while maintaining her luxury and speed.

The 48 handled very well and was easy to maneuver to and from the docks. She was a bit slow when getting out of the hole however when she planed off an unbelievable burst of speed took her to a top speed of 65.1 miles per hour. A 48-foot diesel boat reaching that speed is very impressive! We found her best cruising speed to be 43.4 miles per hour, and she handled the tight turns like a true thoroughbred. Now this boat was built with racing in mind but she will hold her own in open ocean conditions.

When standing at the helm of a 48-footer it’s quite impossible to see everything around you, however in the 48 Express Cruiser your visibility is much greater than most boats this size because of the sleek low profile of the bow. The helm on the 48 Express is just what you would expect to find on a racing boat, and this being a diesel you’ll find a few extra gauges on this full instrumentation panel.

The layout on the 48 Express Cruiser starts with a forward cabin fit for royalty, with a large v-berth with comforter and pillows, a dresser, and cedar-lined hanging locker. There’s also a stand up head with plenty of room to move around. The galley has Corian countertops, sink, two-burner stove, and wet bar with icemaker. The cabin features a wraparound sofa with TV/VCR combination, and there’s also an aft cabin with a queen size bed for any quests that stay aboard.

Topside the lounge area starts just aft of the captain’s chair and has enough seating for eight to ten people. The engine hatch is just aft of the lounge area and doubles as a sun pad. A bench seat aft seats another two to three people and there’s a walk-through to the swim platform on the portside. The 48 has an impressive layout both topside and down below.

So if you have the experience in boat handling, and you want to maintain a high standard in speed and luxury, you’ll appreciate this exceptional cruiser, and the safe fuel-efficient benefits of a diesel power plant

By Capt. Dan Maxwell

Test Captain

Fountain 48 Express Cruiser Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Fountain 48 Express Cruiser is 65.1 mph (104.8 kph), burning 75.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 287.28 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Fountain 48 Express Cruiser is 43.4 mph (69.8 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 490 miles (788.58 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 3 x 420-hp Yanmar diesels.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Fountain 48 Express Cruiser Standard and Optional Equipment
Air Cond./Heat Standard
Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard
Icemaker Standard
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Standard
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Generator Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Fountain 48 Express Cruiser Warranty

Fountain 48 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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