The Executioner and Lightning are two completely different boats. There is noting in common between the two and that definitely includes the price. The Executioner is a 35' Classic that was originally called a lightning. A new 35' lightning is the twin step boat with a windshield or rounded wind faring. The deck as well as the hull is completely different from the classic. The twin step will be 4mph faster, with the same power, as the Classic. There is more room in the cabin of the twin step. The engine hatch is now one piece and takes the seat back with it. I think it was about a 30,000.00 upgrade to the twin step.
The single step was released in either 94 or 95. I don't believe the step improved performance more than a couple of mph. I tried to purchase another classic this past winter. But due to some really bad management at Fountain, not returning calls, I backed out. I personally like the Classic way more than the twin step for looks. The two piece engine Hatch allows better access to the engines. The wind faring is just the right height for me to block out the majority of the wind. While seated the bend in the windscreen does become bothersome for visibility. Another down side of the Classic is the lack of a good way to mount a swim ladder! Also be ware that the new 496 HO's supposedly have cast cranks for 2002. Not a good supercharger candidate.
Tim, at Riverview, is a great guy to do business with. He would have sold me my second Fountain if the factory could have returned a couple of calls. Oh well!! Guess they didn't need the business.