As soon as we pulled the GT 34 away from the dock on test day, those through-hulls started to do their job, funneling fresh air down to the reverse step molded into the hull in a V-shape, with the point amidships and the wings tapering aft toward the hard chines. Beneteau calls this design the Air Step system. Here’s how it works: As you throttle up to climb on plane, the through-hulls funnel air via ducts directly to the step, helping it break friction with the water to reduce drag and create lift, and deliver a smooth flow of water to the props. Beneteau claims this design not only reduces fuel consumption, helps acceleration and brings higher speeds with less power, but that it also improves stability and seakeeping. The only way to prove this was to hit the throttles.