High-performance powerboats from 1981—at least those in anything close to resembling good condition—are in short supply. True, fiberglass and resin form durable a finished product, but not so durable that they can withstand the elements and neglect for almost 31 years.
That’s just one aspect of what makes Fountain Hull No. 1, dubbed the 10 Meter Executioner by Reggie Fountain, the founder and former owner of Fountain Powerboats in Washington, N.C., so remarkable. Owned by Scott Shogren of Shogren Performance Marine, the most successful Fountain dealer in history, the 33-footer remains in pristine condition.
“We built that boat for Henry Lorin of New York,” recalls Fountain. “It had a pair of Mercury 475-hp turbocharged engines we had done a lot of research and design with at Lake X.
“Henry was the man who took my company public in 1987,” he adds.
While the conventional V-bottom—steps were introduced into the Fountain line 10 years later—10 Meter Executioner was the first Fountain built by Reggie Fountain in Washington, it was not the first Fountain built. Reggie Fountain actually began his line with a 31-footer that was contract-built by Bill Farmer and Don Able at Excalibur Boats in Sarasota, Fla.
“They built the first 12 to 18 boats for us,” says Fountain.
The 10 Meter Executioner was two feet longer than the Excalibur-built 31-footer. The added length came from extending the boat’s nose, as well as adding an integrated swim platform. Fountain says he also modified the boat’s hull.
“That boat always ran and handled very well,” he says. “With a lot of help, I tooled the first one with my own two hands. I helped hammer and nail it together and I did a lot of the testing.”
Fountain says he is pleased, though hardly surprised, that Fountain Hull No.1 ended up at Shogren Performance Marine.
“Next to Fountain Powerboats, Scott has probably owned more Fountains than anyone,” says Fountain. “The last time I saw it, the boat looked brand-new. If you take care of these things and don’t drill holes in the wrong spots, they’ll last forever.”