I'm in the process of buying a 29 Fountain and I made sure that my engine of choice was a 525 and not a 500. Plus that is a raceboat and I'm sure it's been beaten up by hard running in rough water. I think you're better off with something that hasn't been raced. Just my opinion. Don't worry dude, you'll find your machine. I think the 288 is a fine machine and thought about it a lot. Runs about 70 with the 496 and not too expensive.