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Old 08-15-2010, 08:34 AM
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Default Fountain 48ec or Formula 400ss??

Looking to purchase a used one in good condition. (2005 forward)
I am planning to use it in the Med and Greek isles.
Seas do get pretty big and rough here in a hurry.
Diesel boat only option to go. Fuel is $10.00/gal here.

Which boat would handle big water better?
And how about maint/costs of arnesons versus vdrive's.
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

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Looking to purchase a used one in good condition. (2005 forward)
I am planning to use it in the Med and Greek isles.
Seas do get pretty big and rough here in a hurry.
Diesel boat only option to go. Fuel is $10.00/gal here.

Which boat would handle big water better?
And how about maint/costs of arnesons versus vdrive's.
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Finding a diesel/arneson 2005 or newer 48 Fountain or 40 formula could prove difficult. Good luck.

I vote Formula.
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you really cant compare those two boats, i have an 2006 48 ec the boat is a tank, arnesons are pretty much bullet proof, i would find one with cummins diesels not yanmars. maintenance is pretty standard . oil and filter changes mostly. fuel economy is pretty good cruise is less than 60 gallons per hour.
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Finding a diesel/arneson 2005 or newer 48 Fountain or 40 formula could prove difficult. Good luck.

I vote Formula.
Actually there are a few out there. Why do you prefer the formula?
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you really cant compare those two boats, i have an 2006 48 ec the boat is a tank, arnesons are pretty much bullet proof, i would find one with cummins diesels not yanmars. maintenance is pretty standard . oil and filter changes mostly. fuel economy is pretty good cruise is less than 60 gallons per hour.
I guess you must be the right person to get some real numbers.

Have you got any other consumption numbers @ 35mph and WOT
Even at this forum they were tallking 1.2mpg @50mph or so which works out to about 40gals/hour.

How about docking and planning with arnesons. Friend has a superhawk and it's a handful

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I think the Fountain is a better rough water boat.
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I think the Fountain is a better rough water boat.
That would be my guess as well. There are a few 400ss here no Fountain ec's though. The 400ss has pretty good reviews here.
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Just found a 48 EC here for sale, but 2004 with Yanmar's. Going to check it out

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docking is no issue what soever moves around very well, planing depending on fuel and equipment is not the greatest when full of stuff and fuel, must hav the rite propellers on the boat. boat is very easy to drive, runs pretty flat , let the hull do its job.
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dont forget the boat has 3 engines, when figuring fuel economy. i wish at 50 mph they got 13.5 gallons per hour each.
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