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  1. #1
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    Jul 2010

    1997 fountain fever 32 what's it worth and how will it work

    I'm intrested in buying a 32 fountain fever I found, its in really nice shape with 300hrs. It has twin hp500 mercs the blue ones and bravo drives with hydraulic steering and 30p 4 blades. What do you guys think the boat is worth in this market and how do you think the boat will ride,run in the inner bay of lake erie. Thanks

  2. #2
    Registered Downtown42's Avatar
    My Boats:
    2005 42' Fountain SOLD
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    Nov 2003
    1 Flu Ovr KuKos Nest-WI
    30-35 with trailer. Will ride good to 3ft's then a bit bumpy from there. Erie can get awful rough but for the most part, you should be fine.

  3. #3
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    My Boats:
    1990 28 Apache SOLD!, 1990 16 Wahoo DC, 1973 40 Kingscraft
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    Jan 2007
    Mansfield, TX
    Not a fan of the ride, but really comes down to preference. The boat drives like its on rails. Have seen a few hook violently at slower speeds when they hit a wake at the wrong angle. A lot of them have sunk because of the way it sits in the water and the bilge vent design. I think the hull may have a wood core, but not 100% sure. A lot of other builders use a solid fiberglass hull with no core.

    Cabin is not very useable IMO.

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    Gold Member Gold Member rumrunner29's Avatar
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    sold the outlaw...currently looking
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    Mar 2009
    Carrollton, Ky
    I would be very sure to get a survey! A friend of mine bought one last year and thought he got a heck of a deal only to find that the transom was wet due to the way it sets in the water. He has a real nice boat now, but only after a complete transom replacement. Also at 300 hours, if the 500s haven't been worked on, its probably time for a top end refresh. 3 of my boating friends have fountains, a 29, 32 and 35. I personally like driving the 35 the best, but they are all nice rides. Just my .02

  5. #5
    My Boats:
    28 Eagle Pacific
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    Aug 2009
    cleveland/sandusky ohio
    I would bet mid 30's to 40's depending on condition,hrs,ect .A 32 on Erie is more then adequate......i use to run 25 miles to pib in a 24 without worry. If it builds then ya it kinda sucks but unless you have a freighter your going to feel it. Erie's a ***** when shes mad. But there are few greater places to get stuck then the islands!!! Get a survey!

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    Registered rlj676's Avatar
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    28 Powerplay - HP500
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    Jan 2006
    Royal Oak, MI
    If it hasn't had valve springs done yet it's due for them. That'll be 2k or so probably.

    If it's in great shape I'd think mid to high 30's?

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