2007 Fountain Mercury 38 Lightning

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The Fountain Mercury 38 Lightning is the end result of decades of supremacy on the world’s race courses. Definitely the first think that will attract your attention is not going to be the 2007 new design or the new features but the performance.

Engine

Fountain Mercury 38 Lightning

The Fountain recommends for its 38 Lightning model a Twin Staggered Mercury 525 EFI w/Bravo 1-XR/SSM/ITS engine, but like usual they provided three optional power options. So if you want more power you can choose one of the following engines: Twin Mercury 425 HP 496 MPI MAG w/Bravo I-XR/SSM/ITS; Twin Mercury 600 SCI w/Bravo I-XR/SSM/ITS, or my favorite Twin Mercury 700 SCI w/NXT #6 drives. The last engine really “transforms” the 38 Lightning in a “rocket”.

Exterior


The exterior of the 38 Lightning is not different from the classical design used by Fountain Powerboats. Like usual the 38 feet V hull powerboat is loaded whit lots of features that increase the pleasure of driving the boat and has the bold custom graphics that assures you that the 38 Lightning won’t go unnoticed.

Interior

Fountain Mercury 38 Lightning

The interior of the 38’s is very comfortable. In the cockpit Fountain created a three formed seats in the rear bench. The helm includes throttles and shifters from Livorsi Marine. The gauges, with carbon fiber faces, are positioned around the wheel in a U shape. The cabin is spacious and includes a V berth and a U shape lounge. Also in the cabin you’ll find a stainless sink, two small ice chests, and two hatches for ventilation.

Test drive


The 38 runs smooth, it takes the curves very well even at high speeds, and the passengers feel comfortable and secure. Let’s talk about the performance! You definitely know very well that when you’re driving a Fountain powerboat you’re always ahead of the competition. The 38 Lightning doesn’t break that “rule”! With the recommended engine – the Twin Staggered Mercury 525 EFI w/Bravo 1-XR/SSM/ITS – the top speed is around 95 mph. But if you really want to feel the adrenaline rush I recommend the Twin Mercury 700 SCI w/NXT #6 drives engine that reaches a top speed of 115 mph in good weather conditions.

Fountain Mercury 38 Lightning

Conclusion


Development that’s the keyword of Fountain Powerboats, and the 38 Lightning is the proof of that. This boat runs faster and it’s more stable than other boats, proving that performance in a powerboat is the most important thing. Performance associated with security and a perfect control can convince anyone to try the 38 Lightning.

Features


Standard

Anchor locker, recessed in foredeck
Batteries, twin, heavy duty w/jumper cables and receptacle
Bilge blowers, (2)
Bolster seats w/electric drop down
Cabin, customized
Cockpit billet accents include: seat legs, cockpit rails, speaker covers, & step pads
Cockpit seating, 2 bolsters with rear bench or 5 bolsters (2 front & 3 rear)
Depth gauge
Engine room billet accents includes: battery box w/ chrome engraved step pad, fender holders, hatch rams, water fills (blue only), trim pump caps, motor well panel, sea strainer, & drive line cover
Fresh water flush
Fuel vapor detector
Graphics, standard selection
Head, enclosed w/porta potti
Hour meter
Instrumentation, heavy duty Livorsi gauges w/integrated warning lights, GPS speedometer

Fountain Mercury 38 Lightning

Rails, bow and stern, 316L stainless steel, thru-bolted
Sea strainers
Slimline cleats, pop-up with deck bezels
Steering, heavy duty hydraulic, offshore hi-performance w/dual pumps, tie bar, external
Sun deck, upholstered over engine hatch w/bolt logo
Swim ladder, fold down off transom w/ integral fiberglass cover
Trim indicators, mechanical for drives and tabs
Trim tabs, heavy duty hydraulic, offshore hi-performance
Windshield, wrap around
Anchor with mounting bracket in bow locker
Battery switches, two, parallel, explosion proof
Bilge pumps, two, 12 volt DC, 1200 GPH automatic/manual pump
Bow lights, pop-up with deck bezels
Carpeting, cockpit, customized w/embroidered Fountain logo
Cockpit cover, form fitted
Dash with monster gauges; carbon fiber, color coordinated throttles, gauge rims, bezels, wheel hub & steering wheel
Engine compartment, w/hatch, motorized
Fire extinguisher, automatic
Fuel tanks, heavy duty, 3/16" thick aluminum, foamed, glassed and bolted in position w/stainless steel pickups, 211 gallon total capacity
Galley w/sink and cold water pressure system
Hand laid composite hull and deck manufactured w/multi-directional fiberglass, w/high density coring and Interplastic vinyl ester resin and w/hull and deck laminated, thru-bolted, screwed and sealed together w/heavy duty marine sealant/adhesive
Horns, electric
Ice chest, built-in, insulated
Propellers, stainless steel to match engine and drive package
Rubrail with stainless steel insert
Sirius satellite radio (tuner & antenna)
Staggered engines
Stereo, marine AM/FM/CD w/four marine speakers
Super ventilated positive lift hull
Throttles, billet race
Trim switch on throttles
Windshield frame, powder coated

Optional
Bimini Top W/Front & Side Enclosures
CE Certification Kit
Deck Graphics
Faired Engine Compartment
Hatch, Colored Mirror With Logo
Oscillating Fans in Cabin (2)
Refrigerator in Wet Bar
Shipping Cradle
Shower, Transom (Fresh Water)
Storage Cover over Gunwale
TV, 15" Flat Screen/ DVD Combo


Specs


LOA: 38 ft. (11.58 m)
Beam: 8 ft. & 6 in. (2.6 m)
Weight, Dry: 8,950 lbs (4,060 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 180 gal (681 l)
Freshwater Capacity:
13 gal (49 l)
Draft w/ Drive Down: 35 in. (0.9 m)
Recommended Power:

  • Twin Staggered Mercury 525 EFI w/Bravo 1-XR/SSM/ITS

Engine Option:

  • Twin Mercury 425 HP 496 MPI MAG w/Bravo I-XR/SSM/ITS
  • Twin Mercury 600 SCI w/Bravo I-XR/SSM/ITS
  • Twin Mercury 700 SCI w/NXT #6 drives

Speed: 83+ knots (95+ mph)
Hull Warranty: 6 Years
Cruise (Fuel) at 60 mph: 50 gph
WOT (Fuel) w/Twin 525 Mercury: 90 gph at 95 mph
Maximun Cruising Range: 194 miles at 90% capacity


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