2016 Fountain 38 CC Tournament Edition
2016 38 Fountian t e triple 350 verados Under 400 hours still has warranty ONLY OFFERED BY @USACOASTALMARINE @usacoastalyachtsales
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Most boat tests go smoothly in nice weather. Not this one! Conditions with winds at 15 (gusting to 35) from the southwest met us as we left the shelter of the Pamlico River in Washington, North Carolina, raising some horrendous waves. And it only got worse from there.
We transited Ocracoke's serpentine inlet, where the shifting sands and breaking surf make moving the channel buoys almost a daily affair. Then we headed another 35 miles offshore in six to eightfoot, square seas that came only about three seconds apart. A long, hard day of fishing, followed by an absolutely brutal 50-mile ride straight down Pamlico Sound's four-foottall chop back to the river, capped our day.
Our triple 300 hp Mercury Verados cruised ably at 57.4 mph (5,400 rpm), burning 57 gph. The next morning, in the calm of the Pamlico River behind the Fountain factory, I topped out the 38 at 73 mph (with a light load and just me aboard), turning 6,150 rpm and burning about 90 gph. Triple 350s move that benchmark up to the low 80 mph area. Quads would be scary fast! Check my Better Boating column on page 30 to see a picture of how well this boat turns!
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From a fishing standpoint, this 38's biggest improvement is the new deck. There are no more drainage troughs that capture fish guts and water or hard edges that seem to be stress-crack magnets. An all-new scupper system with flat, seamless decks and new hatches and gasketing make this sole immensely better.
Fountain fishing team members fine-tuned much of the boat. Twin 52-gallon livewells with new ports eliminate the need for adjusting outflow. This particular boat had in-gunwale rod holders (and 12volt outlets) all the way around. In fact, this boat had too many rod holders on the T-top, transom and back of the helm seat to count. Five huge fish boxes - in the bow, amidships and in the cockpit - provide a total of 437 1/2 gallons o