Midnight...now I hear you....in your recent thread, you just added a number of stipulations and conditions that might make the Fountain a more logical choice....at least in your case and in many other cases. I am simply answering the topic of the thread...without the stipulations and conditions. Again, I am not bashing the Fountain product...had one for eight years. I am talking from a perspective of experience...having owned both boats...both being 38 footers...well, one is a 37 and a half and the other was a 34. Along with those two boats, I have driven the following Fountains a number of times due to my past relationship with Dick Simon....I have drilven a 24 Fountain, a 27, a 29 single and a 29 twin, a 32, a 35 with stock power and wild power, a 38 with stock power and wild power and a 38 raised deck, a 42 with twin stock and twin wild and with stock triples and wild triples and have almost 15 hours in the Ohio Steel 42 race boat, a 47 flat deck and a 47 raised deck and a 51 triple with surface drives. On the Cigarette end, I have driven a number of 35's, a number of 38's and a couple of 42 Tigers. Besides seat time, I have been able to observe how these boats handle the ocean water and how well they hold up.....again, I am just speaking from my experiences, I have yet to see a two year old Fountain that gets used in offshore conditions that doesn't have stress cracks, structural damage or leaky fuel tanks....just the way it is with a mass constructed boat. This information was gathered long before the startup of OSO....reading this site for the past couple of years just confirms what I have experienced and found out first hand. Because I have owned both boats and ridden them hard in the Pacific is the reason I replied to this thread....it is something that I am comfortable talking about. Hope my comments makes sense.....yours does to me. Take care.