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Old 03-10-2004, 01:45 AM
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The Formula felt like it was a tank plowing and slapping through the waves while the Fountain stayed up on top. Big difference in ride. [/B][/QUOTE]

On a poker run on sloppy 5-6 footers through downtown Detroit River last fall, my 382 with 650 H.P. and 5 POB walked past a 42 Fountain and held it's own against a Gladiator, a T/S Top Gun, and a 42 Tiger (all with Zul's). Granted, it takes more ponies to put a big Formula "up on top", but when they get up there, they do run well.

Makes me wonder about your experience:

Who was driving these boats you were on (was it the same person/experience)?
What power was in each?
Where were you riding in each boat?
In terms of ride quality, shouldn't you compare a 42 Fountain to a 419 Formula Fastech with twins (the 382 is 4 feet shorter)?

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Old 03-10-2004, 09:03 AM
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IMHO ...while the Fountain stayed up on top. Big difference in ride.
Staying up on top in 5 footers and better is what 50' Cats are made off.
If you have a "V" with 37' of running surface (like a Fountain 42) and your staying up on top your in 3 foot waves not 5 footers. 5 feet and above you'll find a hole and when you hit it I'd want to be in the Formula with it's weight & construction compared to a Fountain.
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The Formula felt like it was a tank plowing and slapping through the waves while the Fountain stayed up on top. Big difference in ride.
On a poker run on sloppy 5-6 footers through downtown Detroit River last fall, my 382 with 650 H.P. and 5 POB walked past a 42 Fountain and held it's own against a Gladiator, a T/S Top Gun, and a 42 Tiger (all with Zul's). Granted, it takes more ponies to put a big Formula "up on top", but when they get up there, they do run well.

Makes me wonder about your experience:

Who was driving these boats you were on (was it the same person/experience)?
What power was in each?
Where were you riding in each boat?
In terms of ride quality, shouldn't you compare a 42 Fountain to a 419 Formula Fastech with twins (the 382 is 4 feet shorter)? [/B][/QUOTE]

You know, I think you are right. It was an unfair contest. The Formula had 500HPs and the Fountain (I checked) had 600 plus horsepower. That's 130hp difference. Both had Bravos. I can see that if you put some ponies in the Formula, it would stay on top and ride much better.
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Old 03-10-2004, 11:29 PM
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Great point . What would happen if turned each of these boats at a high speed to keep from running over something or someone. Rex
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Fever Mike
[B]1- not everyone on a Poker Run is racing! So that boat you THINK you just blew away might be running more conservitive trim @WOT or even running 3/4 throttle.

2- Everyone has a diffent view of what 3 footers and even 5 footers actually are.[/i][B]


1- Sorry Fever Mike, but I didn't say that I "blew him away". We were both running WOT when I passed. With friends on the boat, I believe we were both trimmed conservatively. His 42 Fountain with staggered HP 500's is a very nice boat and with equivalent H.P., he literally would blow me away. The point I was trying to make was in response to earlier comments suggesting the ride quality of a Formula in rough water was inferior to the Fountain.

2- I know what 3 and 5 footers are, too ... that's a nice day on Lake Erie!

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5 feet and above you'll find a hole and when you hit it I'd want to be in the Formula with it's weight & construction compared to a Fountain.
Of course IMHO.
Thanks GLH,

Clarifies the point I was trying to make.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by RedDog382
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[i] His 42 Fountain with staggered HP 500's is a very nice boat and with equivalent H.P., he literally would blow me away. The point I was trying to make.
I guess that sums it up.
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Old 03-11-2004, 07:55 AM
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Just a thought?
The nada on the fountain was most likely a lightning not an ex. this could make some difference!
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