Exclusive: Fountain 48 Express
Cruiser — By George L. Petrie —
Few boatbuilders are as focused on high-speed performance as Fountain Powerboats, and it could be argued that no individual is more personally committed than Reggie Fountain. On the day I arrived to test the 48 Express, I found him deep in the throes of a campaign to set a new deep-V world speed record in the few days that remained before the Miami International Boat Show. Fountain greeted me with an invitation to hop onto a chase boat and watch him take a couple of warm-up runs in an older race boat they had “thrown together” earlier in the week with a pair of 1,200-hp supercharged V-8s that were “laying around.” A short while later, we were watching him blast by us at more than 140 mph. Back at the dock, he boasted, “I still had half the throttle left.” As we headed off to test the 48 Express, Fountain rattled off a series of modifications his crew would make in time for another “warm-up” later in the day.
In time for the show, Fountain had indeed posted a new world speed record of 160 mph. But not content with that, he has a new, lighter boat in the works, along with a custom pair of 1,300-hp engines that will likely have crushed that record by the time you read this. —G.L.P.
This article originally appeared in the May 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.