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Already a successful racer, Reggie Fountain brought his need for speed to Fountain Powerboats in 1979. Victories and satisfied customers soon followed. But while Fountain’s passion for performance is legendary, he placed a similar focus on making certain that speed was matched by an unparalleled level of safety, top-notch handling, smooth ride, and dependability. The brand’s dominance has been proven on the racecourse time and time again, and brought a similar mindset to the fishing and express cruiser markets. Baja Marine acquired the company in late 2012, and Fountain is back in action today.

Fountain 42 Lightning

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Boat Description

If you were on another boat, it's the one that left your jaw on your chest as it roared past. The 42 Lightning is the most illustrious race boat in history, winning more world and national championships than any other V-bottom in world history. It shattered the world speed record eight times with the fastest two-way average of 171.883 mph. It has done more than just win, it has totally dominated race courses over the past two decades.

It all started with Bob Nordskog's Powerboat Special in the mid 1980s and continued under such stellar marques as Ohio Steel, Ocean Spray, Rio Roses, Pier 57 and Yachts International. The 42 comes with a staggered engine set-up that brings the propellers close together, keeping the center of gravity low, down along the keel where it works best.

With a pair of Mercury 525 EFIs, the 42 will hit speeds up to 88+ mph. Insert twin 700 Mercurys with NXT1 gimbals and No. 6 uppers and lowers to dart up to 105mph. Try Mercury 850s and get an eye-watering 120mph. Still not satisfied? Bolt in the Mercury 1075s and blast into the stratosphere at more than 130mph.

Boat Details
Beam 8 ft 6 inMax Draft 3 ft 4 in 
Dry Weight 11400 lb dry weightHull Material Fiberglass 
Hull Shape Modified VeeHull Warranty 6 years 
Engine Stern DriveFuel Gas/Petrol 
Horsepower (total) 1050.00 hpFuel Capacity 328 gal 
Water Capacity 13 gal    
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Detailed Specs
Number of Engines 2    


  • Anchor locker, recessed in foredeck
  • Anchor with mounting bracket in bow locker
  • Batteries, twin, heavy duty w/jumper cables and receptacle
  • Bilge blowers, (2)
  • Bolster seats w/electric drop down
  • Cabin, customized
  • Carpeting, cockpit, customized w/embroidered Fountain logoFire extinguisher, automatic
  • Head, enclosed w/porta potti
  • Battery switches, two, parallel, explosion proof
  • Bilge pumps, two, 12 volt DC, 1200 GPH automatic/manual pump
  • Bow lights, pop-up with deck bezels
  • Cockpit billet accents include: seat legs, cockpit rails, speaker covers, and step pads
  • Dash with monster gauges; carbon fiber, including carbon fiber glovebox lid and surround, color coordinated throttles, gauge rims, bezels, wheel hub and steering wheel
  • Galley w/sink and cold water pressure system
  • Graphics, standard selection
  • Cockpit cover, form fitted including windshield, upgraded material
  • Depth gauge
  • Engine compartment, w/hatch, motorized
  • Fresh water flush
  • 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
  • Ice chest, built-in, insulated
  • Cockpit seating, 2 bolsters with rear bench or 5 bolsters (2 front and 3 rear)
  • 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, and drive shaft
  • Horns, electric
  • Rails, bow and stern, 316L stainless steel, thru-bolted
  • Satellite radio, Sirius or XM
  • Super ventilated positive lift hull
  • Fuel tanks, heavy duty, 3/16" thick aluminum, foamed, glassed and bolted in position w/stainless steel pickups, 328 gallon total capacity to include 240 gallon tank and (2) 35 gallon saddle tanks
  • Hour meter
  • Slimline cleats, pop-up with deck bezels
  • Stereo, marine AM/FM/CD w/four marine speakers
  • Sun deck, upholstered over engine hatch w/bolt logo
  • Fuel vapor detector
  • Instrumentation, heavy duty Livorsi gauges w/integrated warning lights, GPS Speedometer, Screen Display - Vessel View
  • Swim ladder, fold down off transom w/ integral fiberglass cover
  • Propellers, stainless steel to match engine and drive package
  • Steering, heavy duty hydraulic, offshore hi-performance w/dual pumps, tie bar, externalWindshield frame, powder coated
  • Sea strainers
  • Throttles, billet race
  • Windshield, wrap aroundTrim indicators, mechanical for drives and tabs
  • Trim tabs, heavy duty hydraulic, offshore hi-performance
  • Trim switch on throttles