The 97 Fountain sounds overpriced. There is a 2002 29' Fountain with upgraded 575 in OSO classifieds for 65k. I owned that boat a couple of years ago and it was like brand new when I had it. Next owner did some engine upgrades and added some bling to the boat. A 29' anything with single 502 (415 hp) is going to be a lackluster performer, maybe reaching 70 mph (gps, not the pitot tube happymeter) on a really good day. I have had 4 different 29' Fountains, the quickest to plane, and fastest, was one with a 575 SCi in it. The slowest to plane was one with a single 500EFI - it ran ~73 mph gps, and the slowest was one with twin 6.2's. Our current 29 with a 525 EFI isn't the fastest to get on plane, but is acceptable IMO, and it runs close to the same top end as the 575 boat (within 2-3 mph on gps). Can't speak for the Scarab, but the overall quality of the Fountain is good and comes with a lot of nice equipment like K-planes, mechanical drive and tab indicators, and plenty of gauges. Handling and speed of the later 29's, with the taller step has never been an issue, in my opinion. If you get crazy power in one, they will want to chine walk in upper 80's mph. I personally like the later single engine 29 Fevers, but not with anything less than a 525 EFI.