XIncludes dual livewells and
effi cient high-speed pickups
designed for step hulls.
XRecessed grab rails from helm to
bow, port to starboard add security
without snagging tackle.
XHardtop is designed to receive your
brand of outrigger mounts.
· LOA: 34'0" · BEAM: 9'6"
· DRY WEIGHT: 10,000 lb.
· FUEL CAPACITY: 418 gal.
How We Tested
ENGINE: Dual Mercury Verados 350 hp
DRIVE/PROP: Mercury Enertia Eco 19"
3-blade stainless steel
GEAR RATIO: 1.75:1
FUEL LOAD: 200 gal.
CREW WEIGHT: 400 lb.
$340,000 (as tested)
purpose. Forward, the casting deck forms
a 180-degree wraparound lounge with
thick bolsters for backrests. In fact, the
bolsters stretch from stem to stern, beam
to beam. Like the aft seat cushions, you
can stow the bow cushions for gritty fi sh-
ing action — go ahead, bloody the decks.
If you’re going to the fi shing spot and go-
ing fast, leave them ashore to lighten the
load and harden your fi shing
platform. Gunwale and shot-
gun rod holders abound, and
hardtop rocket launchers plus
undergunwale storage keep
extra rods handy. Lockers in
the deck and under the seats
have lockable latches. Rigging
is made easy with dedicated
tackle storage in the console
sides, and fi sh boxes are huge
with pumps to drain them.
We’re glad Reggie’s
back with Fountain fi shers.
We’re not so sure about the
If you know anything about powerboats,
you know this name: Reggie Fountain.
What you may not know is this
formance-boatbuilder sold more center
console fi shing boats in his Fountain
Powerboats heyday than long-nose go-
fast boats. Except the fi shing boats were
hair-on-fi re fast, built on Fountain’s top
The 34 CC we tested clocked 62 mph on
dual 350 Verado outboards. The step hull
made the most of the horsepower, but the
Fountain design stuck tight in turns, de-
fying the nasty rap some step hulls get for
sliding out and swapping ends. We think
the 34 CC built today is better than the
best in earlier production runs because
wood stringers and transoms are things
of the past in Fountain Powerboats. Com-
posite construction is lighter and won’t
Fountain has the same great and
timeless style lines that boat enthusiasts
admire, and they are as good today as ever
because the Fountain hull design was
ahead of its time from its inception.
The helm was doubly protected, fi rst by
a beautiful hardtop with stereo speakers
and storage boxes above, plus LED lights
to put a glow on the deck at night. Even the
cup holders have LED courtesy lights. The
dash is performance black to fi ght glare,
and storage compartments atop will keep
Our test boat was tricked out with con-
vertible aft seats over the livewell with
a bolster back set in the transom. For
fi shing, cushions and seat backs can be
stowed, and the cockpit opens up like the
tournament-ready boat it is.
A dual seat on the front of the con-
sole has a cooler beneath it, doubling its
PHOTOS: COURTESY FOUNTAIN POWERBOATS
Washington, North Carolina; 252-975-2000; fountainpowerboats.com
To watch our
video of the
34 CC, scan
this tag or visit
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