Fountain 38CC: 2018 Boat Buyers Guide

 Reggie Fountain Jr. was 14 years old when he entered his first boat race; before long he’d become a world-record-holding professional driver and a boatbuilder.

That heritage is evident in the high-quality, powerful Iconic Marine Group boats that carry his name, legend and flair for innovation, and with which he’s once again affiliated.

No wonder, then, that speed is the attribute for which survey respondents who know Fountain boats rated them most highly. (“Your Fountain boat,” the company says, “was engineered and designed for the racecourse.”) Or, that brand reputation and safety take the silver and bronze.

Engine options extend upward to triple 400 hp race-proven power on race-proven boats designed and built to match your sport-fishing aspirations.

But that speedy focus doesn’t deny the big boat’s friendliness to anglers and crew. Bow seat cushions, backrests and an enclosed head make sure nobody suffers — even a bit — for their time at sea.

A walkaround deck layout makes its first priority uncluttered fishing space, and a rocket-launcher-equipped T-top keeps up to seven rods both out of the way and handy. (There’s another eight gunwale-mount rod holders too, and options include outriggers and electric-reel outlets.)

The console and helm come standard with a carbon-fiber dash panel and twin Simrad displays, domed radar, chirp and StructureScan sonar, and auto­pilot with remote. Sound is provided by a MediaMaster 100s, an 800-watt marine amplifier, six coaxial speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer.

Storage? It’s generous, in the floor and out of the way. When the catches come — as they’re sure to — four fish boxes with overboard discharge pumps await.

Reggie Fountain wouldn’t put his name on anything here to read the full story.