TOUCH. In the wow-look-at-that category, the 38 CC provides a few nifty features you won't find on many other competitive boats. Check out the coaming bolsters, for example. Not only do they ring the fish-fighting arena, there's also one running across the helm. Of course, slower boats don't need this. But when you wedge yourself in between the console and leaning post for high-speed dashes to offshore fishing grounds, your knees will appreciate the extra protection. And when you reach your destination, you'll love that the 38 CC has rodholders galore. The gunwales have three in each side, and the T-top rocket launchers number nine. The two on the outside are angled out to the sides, so you can run lines directly from them without increasing your chances of tangling. And yes, that powder-coated T-top with all those rocket launchers comes standard.
Once you put those rodholders to use, hook up, and strike the gaff, you'll discover that you have numerous choices as to where you stow your fish. There are four dedicated boxes in the deck that will each swallow a tuna as large as 100 pounds. Rap your fist on the sides. Notice how solid it feels? That's because you're hitting the sides of the stringers. And foam-cored stringers provide the best in fishbox insulation, so your ice won't melt on hot summer days and your fish will stay fresher than anything found at the local sushi bar. The locking forward deckbox is rigged with rodracks and has room for a quartet of big guns. You'd rather have more space for bigger fish? No problem, the racks are removable.
The transom has a livewell and rigging station sink built-in. The livewell is rounded and has a clear viewing port on top, but it's not lighted and the port opens aft and leans against its hinge. I'd like to see a strut or a different type of hinge here, because sooner or later it will get bent by someone leaning against the top while it's open.
Another touch die-hard anglers will appreciate: Unlike many go-fast fishboats, the 38 CC has a capable anchor locker. The built-in rack holds a large Danforth securely in place, the hatch is wide enough to provide easy access, and there's room for hundreds of feet of rode. All three bow cleats are lift-ups, so they're out of the way when you don't need them. Whether you're chasing schools of bunker with a cast net or anchoring up to chum live ballyhoo, the arrangement is perfect.
Your electronics suite will have a well thought out home, too. The flat at the top of the dash is spacious enough for a pair of 12" screens, and it has a locking cover with its own dedicated stowage spot in the console, where it latches into place. Most of the lower dash is taken up by the army of gauges, which are complemented by a huge pair of trim indicators with a custom-made protective see-through cover. When you consider the amount of space at the helm, you'll realize that Fountain made excellent decisions when combining the requirements of a captain who has to operate at high speeds and the needs of a serious angler. The only thing missing is a dedicated rack for your image-stabilized binoculars, which you'll need for those runs past South Beach.