The Fountain name is synonymous with performance, always has been and always will be. So, when you step aboard a center console with the Fountain name on it, it signals an evolved machine that has grown from just being a fishing machine. It’s now a high-performance all-around boat that is much more than the sum of its parts. So very much more.
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||4.1 seconds|
|0 to 30||8.5 seconds|
|Load||3 persons; 76 gal. fuel; 50 lbs. gear|
|Climate||85 deg.; 62 humid.; winds: 0-5|
3 x 300-hp Mercury Verados
By Capt. Steve
The mission of the 34SC is to be a performance-based center console that can handle nasty weather while still maintaining high speeds, safety and performance. Of course, it also helps that she can look good while doing all of this.
Major Features (Including Distinguishing Features)
- NMMA Certified
- Positive Lift Hull - Double Step, Pad Keel, Notch Transom
- Double forward chaise lounge seating
- Standard fiberglass T-top
- Standard 16” (40.64 cm) Garmin displays
The Fountain 34SC has an LOA of 34’2” (10.42 m), a beam of 9’6” (2.9 m) and a draft of 29” (73.66 cm). With an empty weight of 13,500 lbs. (6,123 kg), 18% fuel and 3 people on board, we had an estimated test weight of 14,566 lbs. (6,607 kg).
With triple 300-hp Mercury Verados turning 25 pitch four-bladed propellers and spun up to 6000 RPM, our speed topped out at 68.2 MPH. Best cruise was reached at 3500 RPM and 34.3 MPH. It was at that speed that the 23.4 GPH fuel burn translated into 1.5 GPH and a range of 551 statute miles.
With the throttles pinned, she’ll come up on plane in an average 4.1 seconds and she’ll stay on plane down to 17.5 MPH. She has a 0-20 time of 5.6 seconds, passes through 30 in 8.5 and through 40 in 11.5 seconds.
This was such a fun boat to drive. It’s certainly a fast boat. I mean we hit 68+, but the team here is telling me it's underpitched and that they had a different pitch prop on here and hit 71, and I can believe that. She handles like a performance boat. I put it into a turn and it's like you're drifting a high-end sports car. She doesn't grab into the turn, she just drifts it right around the turn. She goes into a nice bank and just cranks right around
We tested on a flat calm day but crossing our own wake and crossing the wakes of other boats showed how she just cuts right through. If we hit a big wake, she'd come up off of that wave and then press down into the next wave. It's not a pound into it that you’d feel as if you needed to brace for an impact that just never comes. It's a performance hull and you can feel that it's a nice feeling boat. Everything about it says to give it all you can and there’s more she can take.
Our test boat was fitted with the triple 300-hp Mercury Verados and the port and center engines are connected with a tie bar. There are several options for this boat. Most notable was the clean installation that allowed for walking across the front of all the engines for servicing. There was also a single freshwater flush connection at the port bulwarks.
- Mercury 300M
- Mercury 400M
- Mercury 400R
- Mercury 450R
- Mercury 300M (test power)
- Mercury 400M
- Mercury 400R
- Mercury 450R
The cockpit area can be accessed from an inward-opening transom door that is held open by a magnetic catch. The decking is all nonskid rubberized matting. The standard scenario for the transom is a livewell with seating on top of it. Here we've got the seating going all the way across and it measures in at 66” (167.64 cm). We're already seeing the quality fit and finish with custom embroidery work and the nice stitching. There are flip-up armrests and underneath the cushions, there's self-draining storage.
Looking to the sides of the boat right at the padded caprails, there are four combination rod holder/beverage holders. Padded bolsters are 26” (66.04 cm) high, they start at the stern and go all the way forward. Below them are fresh and raw water washdowns. Large deck drains are to both sides. Over to the starboard side, our test boat was fitted with an optional hullside dive door.
A full 32” (81.28 cm) ahead of the forward-facing seating is aft-facing seating. It measures 48” (121.92 cm) wide, includes flip-down armrests and there are beverage holders all the way across the top of the seatback. Under the flip seat cushion is a pressurized livewell with a see-through top that is held open by tension hinges.
To the sides, there’s in-deck storage. To the port side of the aft-facing seating, there’s a storage compartment that can be optioned out for tackle sorters. There’s a repeat of the in-deck storage to the starboard side. In the seating console, there’s a wastebasket and the dive door ladder is in the bulwarks.
Going forward there’s 16” (40.64 cm) between the support for the hardtop and the padded bolster alongside. There’s another in-deck storage compartment right at midship and it’s self-draining with the drain leading all the way back and overboard. Under the gunwale, there’s cargo net storage. Padded bolsters continue all the way forward.
Ahead of the console, there’s a double-wide chaise-style lounge with flip armrests to both sides and another in the center. Beverage holders are also in the center and the bottom cushion lifts to reveal storage.
The bow seating consists of the usual dual forward-facing lounges, one to each side. There’s also an aft-facing center seat that takes advantage of the curving padded bolster and uses it as a seatback. A step at deck level also eases a transition to the foredeck for using that area as a casting platform. Storage is under both side seats and in the deck between the seats.
The head compartment is in the console and accessed from a bi-fold door to the starboard side. Inside is an electric flush toilet and sink. At the aft bulkhead, there’s a zippered cover to access the batteries. Above that are the battery switches, the ignitions and the main breaker panel.
The helm starts with Lexan surrounding three sides of the console for visibility and this offers only minor distortion at the curved areas. Two storage compartments are at the top of the console with the hatches hinged from the forward ends, so they correctly open from the operator’s side. Below the brow are dual Garmin 8616 MFDs with a Fusion stereo and electrical switches in between. All of this is on a carbon-fiber panel.
Below is a large VesselView display and the trim tab display is well to the left of the panel. The trim tab controls are just ahead of the engine controls and are operable when bringing the sticks forward. The Optimus joystick is right alongside.
There are dual race-inspired helm seats and each has a contoured flip bolster, flip armrests and flip-down footrests. Large speakers are behind the footrests.
Options to Consider
- Blueprint Hull – 34' (10.36 m)
- Bow Thruster
- Canvas – Dash and Helm Seat Cover
- Double Row Stand-Up Bolsters
- Dive Door – Starboard, Cockpit with Ladder
- Engine Flushing System – Reverso, Automatic Outboard, Twin or Triple Engine
- Fresh Water Tank – 20 Additional Gallons
- Portlight – In Center Console, Opening Window, Screened
- SeaStar Optimus Hydraulic Steering (Replaces STD Mercury Steering)
- SeaStar Optimus Joystick and SeaStation
- Steering Wheel – Sport Leather Stitched
- SureShade – Electric, Aft of T-Top with Black, Light Gray or Linen Fabric
- Transducer – B175H (Replaces STD B60)
- Trim Tabs – Livorsi 1150 (Replaces STD 1050)
- USB Outlet in Dash – Additional
- Windlass Kit – Thru-Hull, Striker Plate, Polished Stainless Steel Plow Anchor, 15' of 5/16" Galvanized Chain, 150' of 5/8" 8-Strand Braided Rode, (1) Herreshoff Cleat
- XM Radio Ready Option
- XM Weather Option – Includes XM Radio Ready Option
- GARMIN OPTIONS
- VHF and Antenna – 210 AIS
- Autopilot – Hydraulic, Full Function (Controlled from Garmin 8616 Screens)
- Autopilot Controller – GHC20
- Dome Radar – GMR 24 xHD Radar
- Dome Radar Upgrade – GMR Fantom 24"
- Open Array Radar Upgrade – GRM Fantom 54-4’
- Open Array Radar – 424 xHD2
- Stereo Remote – Fusion, MS-ARX70B(W)
- Mercury Engine Monitoring – Vessel View 903 (Replaces 502, Twin Engine Packages)
Price As Tested
As with any Fountain, the 34SC is targeting five things… comfort, fishing, performance, safety and handling. And all seemed to be covered quite nicely in this model. It’s clearly signaling that the center console has evolved from just a fishing machine into a performance machine.