Twin Vee Awesome 22 CC, 772/337-0633 www.twinvee.net
PERFORMANCE: This boat's planing hulls rise over the chop and eat it up for breakfast. But it's possible to launch this lightweight out of the water. Although there was some pitch and roll involved in a high reentry, it was slam free. There was no outward lean at all, and the boat was responsive to the wheel.
FISHABILITY: Hulls are sealed, so there are no fishboxes in the deck. Stowage under the forward casting platform is plentiful but not insulated. Bring a large cooler to chill your catch. Access around the outboards is best on this boat. To get the 32-gallon livewell, you need to opt for the leaning post, which costs $600. In fact, almost every feature is an add-on. The low gunwales facilitate hand washing and landing heavy fish, but without the optional rails, their lack of height will make some people nervous.
CONSTRUCTION: The hulls are filled with foam and capped by a rot-resistant, plywood-cored sole. Hatches are plastic and not supported by struts. But they're light, so they don't slam. We like the hose-and-go, speckled interior. We question screwing an aluminum L-bracket to the deck, to which the center console is bolted. The gunwale cap is bolted and sealed. 3" PVC tubes, wrapped in fiberglass and bonded to the hulls, act as stringers and rigging tubes.
HIGHS: The most efficient boat here. Smoothness of ride and handling are at the top of the heap. Transom is easy to work fish around the props. Speckled interior hides dirt, cuts down on cleaning.
LOWS: Finish is less than perfect. Speckled interior isn't pretty. Screwed-down L-bracket securing the console could lead to problems. No built-in fishbox. Short standards list.
STANDARDS: $33,959 (w/115-hp outboards). Includes: hydraulic steering; ss steering wheel; console w/forward seat; accent stripes.