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Fountain 42 Lightning

2 x 420-hp Yanmar 6LY2A diesel sterndrives

Brief Summary

All you have to do is take one look at her and you’ll fall in love. This 42 footer offers a lightning fast ride and luxurious accommodations below.

Key Features

The 42 Lightning features smooth sleek lines and offers a lighting fast ride. She’s all about performance from the twin engines all the way up to the bow. The cockpit features a good size sun pad, large aft bench seat for up to four, and two comfortable bolster seats that will lock both the driver and passenger in place. The helm is loaded with all the gauges and switches you’ll need, Gaffrig throttles and shifters, heavy-duty hydraulic trim tabs, and more. Down below the 42 features a V-berth forward, with a wraparound leather sofa and plenty of lighting. There’s an enclosed head with a porti-potti and sink with pressurized water system.

Test Results

750 6.2 5.3 3 2.05 1.78 480 417 73
1000 7.8 6.8 4.2 1.86 1.61 435 378 78
1250 13.5 11.7 7.8 1.73 1.51 405 352 82
1500 24.2 21 15.4 1.57 1.36 367 319 84
1750 34.2 29.7 16.2 2.11 1.84 494 430 82
2000 41.9 36.4 17.8 2.35 2.05 551 479 85
2250 50 43.5 19.8 2.53 2.2 591 514 85
2500 55.1 47.9 22 2.5 2.18 586 509 85
2750 59.9 52.1 25.4 2.36 2.05 552 480 88
3000 64.7 56.3 30.2 2.14 1.86 501 436 88
3300 75.7 65.8 42.4 1.79 1.55 418 363 90


Length Overall 42' 0''
Beam 8' 6''
Dry Weight 9,400 lbs.
Draft 3'4''
Deadrise/Transom 24 deg.
Max Headroom 4'10''
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 260 gal.
Water Capacity 13 gal.

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 8.5 sec.
0 to 30 16.8 sec.
Ratio 1.13:1
Props 18x30.5 5-bld Rolla s/s cleavers
Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, min. gear
Climate 65 deg., 60% humid., wind: 10 knots; seas: 1 foot

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 420-hp Yanmar 6LY2A diesel sterndrives
Std. Power 2x420-hp Yanmar 6LY2A diesel sterndrives

Captain's Report

The 42 Lighting with diesel power was designed to maintain Fountain’s tradition of speed combined with luxury. However this year the company incorporated the safe and fuel efficient diesel power plant. The market seems to be calling for more of the diesel power plants that can produce the speed of the traditional gas powered boats, and I think Fountain has answered this call.
The 42 Lighting was very surprising when it came to handling. She was quick to respond and quite agile in tight turns. From a dead stop I found her a little slow, but she made up for it once up on plane. Out test boat reached a top speed of 76.8 miles per hour, with a best cruise of 42 miles per hour.
As with all Fountain’s the visibility from the helm was very good, and the low profile design of the boat gave us close to 360% of visibility. The controls are designed for a racing boat which might make a novice boater nervous, but once you see and understand the set up of the controls it becomes clear that this is the best way, (throttles in between gear shifts), and a smaller wheel backed with a complete array of gauges sets the tone for that raceing feel of the helm area.
The 42 has a good overall layout both topside and down below. The cockpit has racing seats for the driver and passenger, and the aft bench seats three to four. The swim ladder folds out from the transom making it quite easy to get in for a dip, and there’s an optional fresh water transom shower to wash off before coming aboard. The combination of leisure and racing feathers is quite apparent on this boat.
The forward cabin is well designed and shows good use of space. There is however low headroom and it’s narrow toward the front, but that’s the price you pay for the look and speed of a high-performance machine. And the trade off is well worth it if your main concern is speed.
The engine room on this boat is remarkably large, and there’s plenty of working space to move around and work on the engines. You can reach oil filters with ease and everything is well marked.
All in all the 42 lighting diesel is a fast and luxurious high-performance boat, with a well laid out floor plan, combined with diesel power, and a long list of standard equipment. I think this is what the market is looking for!
By Capt. Dan Maxwell
Test Captain

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