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Old 05-18-2020, 02:40 PM
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hi gang. just purchased a 29 2005 fever. it has the 496 HO, 26 pitch 4 blade bravo. never had a fountain before. looking for anything on it. how they plane, top end, cruising speed, any quirks etc.... thank you for any input.
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I have a 1990 29' w/454 mags so I don't have any personal experience with a single eng 29. From what I've gathered, they are a little slow to plane-out especially with a full load of passengers/coolers/fuel/etc. Top end should be around 70 MPH with that power. Should cruise nicely at 45-50 MPH. The singles do have a reputation for flying a lot flatter than a twins do. Like abt any boat with a stepped bottom, you have to be careful about turning too sharp at high speed. They can spin out.

Very nice/reliable boat overall, especially with the 496. Congrats!!
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Everything I've read concurs with the above ^^^^.
Slow to plane is a feature of any boat that size with a modest hp single. I had a 27 Donzi and to get her up and running, tabs down, drive in and ease the throttle all the way. Nose high, when you feel it about to drop down, get ready to pull the throttle back a bit. Bring your tabs and drives back to neutral and learn from there. I needed 4500 revs to get the Donzi on the plane with a moderate load on board.

Stepped boats do feel different to a straight hull. Avoid high speed turns until you're used to the handling. Even trim, or up a touch, is the best position for turning, don't trim it down. Same applies to the tabs. My boat did not like much positive trim, only a little above neutral.

Good idea to check your tab indicators and trim gauge/indicator. When the boat is out of the water, use a straight edge to line your tabs up even with the bottom and also your drive at even level. Note where your indicators are, maybe mark it on the dash with some tape until you're used to the feel of the boat. Don't automatically believe the indicators or gauge are accurate, check them first.

Sounds like a lovely boat, congratulations. (Don't be shy to post pics, we love boat pics )

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If you have the original owner's manual, read pages 51-60, a great explanation of stepped hulls and how to drive them. If you don't have the hard copy, there's not much you can't find on the www.......

https://media.fountainpowerboats.com...-27ft-47ft.pdf

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thank you for the input. yes, they straight edge thing is good idea to. ill keep ya posted. again thanks!!!
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