In keeping with its racing heritage, the most noticeable feature of the 38 TE is the hull design, which includes a notched transom, twin positive-lift steps for ventilation and a pad keel. The hull is made of composite, hand-laid fiberglass with high-density foam coring and vinylester resin. "This hull is basically the same as the one on our 35-foot Lightning Factory II-class boat that runs in excess of 100 mph," says Fountain's Clayton Kirby. "The 38 has a flatter stern for more stability, and the lift steps force air under the hull to give it a softer ride and better performance. We've used all our offshore racing knowledge to develop this one for fishing."