There is no boat with the history of the 42 Lighting. This is the hull that blitzed the race courses of the world, winning more world and national champions than any other V-bottom in history.

  • 2007 Fountain Mercury 42 Lightning
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The Fountain 42 Lighting is powered up by a pair of Mercury 525 EFI engines that makes the boat to reach a top speed of 90 mph. If you really want to “fly” on the water you can try the twin 700 Mercury’s with NXT1 gimbals and #6 uppers and lowers to reach speeds approaching 105 mph, or the Mercury 850’s for a speed of 120 mph. Not enough yet? You’re not yet satisfy by the speed of the Lighting? Ok, then maybe the Mercury 1075s will make you happy with a top speed over 130 mph.

The engine room offers plenty of space to work on the engines and the oil filters.


The exterior of the Fountain 42 Lighting is protected by a plastic rub rail with a rubber insert. The hull and deck are hand-laid with vinylester resin and quad-directional fiberglass fabric.


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The cockpit of the 42 Lighting has racing seats for the driver and passenger, and on the aft bench is room for three to four persons. The helm has Gaffrig gauges arranged in Fountain’s standard horseshoe configuration. The chrome-plated throttles and shifters, and the mechanical indicators are in reach of the driver and easy to read.

Below deck is a spacious cabin with a U-shaped lounge for entertaining and a single cushion V-berth with stowage lockers beneath it. At the port side of the boat is the galley with an ice chest and a stainless-steel sink. The head compartment is well equipped with a latching door for privacy, stowage cabinets, a stainless-steel sink and a Porta Potti.

Test drive

The 42 Lighting has good handling, positive response and a total absence of wheel torque thanks to the hydraulic steering. The boats handles best the slalom turns at 40mph, but you can’t complain about the handling at higher speeds. The 42 Lighting is quick to respond and quite agile in tight turns.

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The Fountain 42 Lighting – a real part of history – is fast and powerful making it the perfect offshore boat.


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, saddle tank, & drive shaft
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
Rails, bow and stern, 316L stainless steel, thru-bolted
Sirius satellite radio (tuner & antenna)
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, 310 gallon total capacity to include 240 gallon tank & (2) 35 gallon saddle tanks
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
Sea strainers
Slimline cleats, pop-up with deck bezels
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

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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 in. Flat Screen/ DVD Combo


LOA: 42 ft. (12.8 m)
Beam: 8 ft. & 6 in. (2.6 m)
Weight, Dry: 10,300 lbs. (4,676 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 310 gals. (1,173 l)
Fereshwater Capacity: 13 gals. (49 l)
Draft w/ Drive Down: 40 in. (1.0 m)
Recommended Power:

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

Power Options:

  • Twin Mercury 425 HP 496 HO w/Bravo I-XR/SSM
  • Twin Mercury 425 HP 496 HO w/Bravo I-XR/SSM/ITS
  • Twin Mercury 600 SCI w/Bravo I-XR/SSM/ITS
  • Twin Mercury 700 SCI w/NXT #6 drives
  • Twin Mercury 850 SCI w/Dry Sump #6 drives
  • Twin Mercury 1075 SCI w/Dry Sump #6 drives
  • Twin Yanmar 440 HP ASD#8 Diesel w/Twin Disc Surface drives

Speed: 78.20+ knots (90+mph)
Hull Warranty: 6 Years
Cruise (Fuel) at 58 mph: 54 gph
WOT (Fuel) w/Twin 525 Mercury: 90 gph at 90 mph
Maximun Cruising Range: 300 miles at 90% capacity

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