Pro Sports ProKat 2200CC, 205/763-0231 www.prosportsboats.com
PERFORMANCE: This boat also has semidisplacement hulls, although it tends more toward planing. It also took waves with ease and noticeably leaned outward. Lateral stability was the best of the bunch; it bobbed, or rode up and down, a bit more than the others when taking a head sea, but this movement was slow and impact free. Water noise was more audible than on the others.
FISHABILITY: We like the wide-open foredeck and cavernous stowage box below. It has the best live-bait capacity, with twin standard 30-gallon livewells. The transom bracket is easy to walk through so you can work fish around the outboards. Each fishbox can handle several 100-pound-or heavier-fish. But they hold water and drain only when running. There's a large console for the enclosed head, which means the pass-throughs on each side are narrower than on the other boats.
CONSTRUCTION: Hulls are reinforced with foam-filled stringers. The finish is good, on a par with the Sea Cat and better than the Twin Vee, but not up to the Glacier Bay. The hull-to-deck joint is screwed and sealed with an adhesive. None of the hatches is supported by a strut. The flow-through pickups on the livewells are a plus. Bow cushion snap system lets you fold back the cushions and access the compartment beneath without unsnapping them.
HIGHS: The most stowage. Transom walkthrough and large motor bracket area make it easy to work fish. The most livewell capacity, and it comes standard. There's a head in the console.
LOWS: Fishboxes must be plugged to stay dry. Hatches slam shut. More up-and-down motion in seas than planing cats. Hull-to-deck joint isn't bolted or glassed. Outward lean may take some getting used to.
STANDARDS: $41,932 (w/115-hp outboards). Includes: 4 gunwale-mounted rodholders; 4 under-gunwale rodracks; leaning post; 2 30-gallon livewells; boarding ladder; hydraulic steering; bow pulpit w/roller; raw-water washdown.