Starcraft’s SLS 5 DC presents well as a higher-end craft for family outings, watersports and evening cruises. With a Yamaha F250 SHO on the transom, it gave a spirited performance with impressive mileage numbers. At full pedal, the SHO twisted a relatively high-pitch Yamaha three-blade stainless-steel prop to 5,800 rpm through 1.75 gearing to net a 46.3 mph top end — faster than most. For mileage, we saw 3.2 miles per gallon at our most economical cruise speed of 18.9 mph and 3,000 rpm. The big Yamaha is very quiet on this hull; average decibel readings were in the 70 to 80 db range, quiet enough for normal conversation — even at speed. The Starcraft provided predictable and smooth handling, taking hard-over turns with a flat stance and spanning larger waves. At just under 26 feet long, the SLS 5 DC won’t fall between the wave troughs, so rough water ride is comfortable without pitching. The SLS option means lifting strakes on both sides of the center log and on the inner sides of the outboard logs. Additionally, the tubes, railings and trim are spiced up with matte-black paint, done in-house, giving the boat a performance look.