The XL is still based on the M-hull, a hull design that functions like a trimaran, with the V running down the centerline and two V-shaped sponsons outboard with hard chines. This surface, which extends out to the full beam, creates an extremely stable and predictable hull. Unlike a traditional V-hull, the boat doesn’t dramatically tip from side to side with the shifting weight of a moving crew. During testing, the boat climbed onto plane in 3.7 seconds with minimal bow rise and hit 30 mph in 7.7 seconds. Also, whereas we could barely break 30 mph in the smaller Element, we were able to push this boat to 43 mph when we dropped the Bimini top. The M-hull doesn’t exhibit the same bite in turns as a traditional V-hull, though, which we noticed executing hard-over turns at 30 mph. Even so, the signature trait of this hull, other than the stability, is predictability. First-time boaters, and veteran boaters for that matter, will find no unpleasant handling surprises.