Sea-Doo Utopia: This was equipped with the 250-hp OptiMax and is the hot boat in our maneuverability tests of boats over 19 feet. It turned crisply, accelerated smoothly and, thanks to the 20-degree deadrise hull, it tracked smoothly in turns. It darn near beat the much smaller, lighter Tango 4+2 on our buoy course. Average time: 31.0 sec.
Sea-Doo 4-TEC Sportster: The Bimini got stuck "up" during our test and the extra drag held us back. But the boat still turned well and gave superior fuel efficiency and quiet runability thanks to the Rotax four-stroke engine. The tower held us back, too, but gave it an edge in the ski-tracking test. Average time: 36.6sec.
Sugar Sand Tango 4+2: This was the undeniable rocket, with flaming acceleration in the straightaway. You could easily spin this pup on the buoys, but with practice, we learned to countersteer with quick left turns when making a right turn to keep the boat on track. For hot-dog spins and a cooling wet ride, this boat is your deal. Average time: 29.0 sec.
Sugar Sand Sole: Impressive speed in the straightaway and good tracking in the turns surprised us in this solid, full-size boat. It didn't win the race, but with all the creature comforts onboard, we knew it was built for all-around family fun and comfort,not race course supremacy. Average time: 34.1 sec.
Polaris EX 2100: We didn't give this rig a fair shot. The editor took two trials and his time was a quick 34.5 seconds on trial two. Other drivers were a couple of seconds slower but only got one shot at the course. We're not letting this skew our positive feelings about a performance boat built by Baja and powered by Mercury. It's awesome. Average time: 35.7 sec.
Yamaha AR210: The AR210's quickest time on the course was 29.8 seconds by the editor who used extra throttle on the outside engine in turns. Had our other drivers known that little trick, this boat would have taken the trophy in both under and over 19-foot categories. Average time: 32.3 sec.