Beneteau’s design team drew a modified-V running bottom with two lifting strakes on each side, wide chines and a sharp entry. At first glance, it looks like a pure planing hull. But with a curved transom, Lenco trim tabs and a single 425 hp Cummins QSB 5.9 common-rail diesel turning a conventional inboard shaft, the hull moves easily at displacement speeds and rises onto plane evenly when needed without obstructing the skipper’s sight lines. In our test, the bow ran just high enough at speed to effectively cleave seas. A keel forward of the shaft, deep spade rudder, and bow and (optional) stern thrusters helped her track well in all seas and maneuver smoothly in tight quarters.