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January 28, 2009

Fountain 38 Sportfish Cruiser

Fountain's 38 Sportfish Cruiser with outboard power is a stylish multitasker.

A sliding acrylic door to port opens to the cabin, which shows much bigger than its actual size. Accented in cherry wood trim, it is fully equipped for a comfortable weekend aboard at the marina or on the hook in a remote anchorage. The hi-lo dinette table forward converts into the master V-berth. The second berth, under the cockpit sole amidships, is not king size, but it's not claustrophobic either.

The port galley is equipped with a sink, microwave, refrigerator/freezer combo, single-burner electric stove and Corian countertop. The freshwater tank holds 60 gallons, and the hot-water heater has a 6-gallon capacity. The enclosed head to starboard comes with a vacuflush toilet and stand-up shower. A flat-screen television with DVD player is standard, as is a gasoline-powered generator.

The hull and deck of the 38 SFC are hand-laid composite pieces of multidirectional glass with high-density coring and Interplastic vinylester resin. After lamination, the parts are through-bolted and bound with screws and marine adhesive. The 400-gallon baffled fuel tank is built from 316-inch thick aluminum. High-performance hydraulic trim tabs, a 30-amp battery charger and a polished stainless-steel anchor with a windlass are also standard equipment on this model.

The hard-core crowd will probably dismiss the 38 SFC as too refined. It does have some frills. Beneath this cruiser facade is a fish boat at heart that can easily run with all the other big dogs. If those other dogs aren't careful, this greyhound just might be leading the pack.

LOA......38'  
BEAM......10'6"  
DRAFT......2'11"
WEIGHT......14,500 lbs.  
MAX HP......1,400  
FUEL......400 gals.
PRICE......$422,652
w/triple 300 hp Mercury Verado four-strokes

Fountain Powerboats ? 800.438.2055 ? fountainpowerboats.com