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.
38 Lightning (engine)
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”.
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.
38 Lightning (cabin)
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.
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.
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.
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
38 Lightning (Livorsi gauges on helm)
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
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: