Best Boats of 2010: Monterey M5

The M5 combines the capacity of a deck boat with the nimble performance of a runabout without sacrificing sporty style.

Made the List Because: Monterey's new M5 combines the capacity of a deck boat with the nimble performance of a runabout — that it was done without sacrificing sporty style is what grabbed our eye. On deck, it offers a deep secure cockpit giving passengers as secure and comfortable ride. It boasts a voluminous storage capacity, delivers sporty running performance and blends style with rugged practicality. In short, it is the floating equivalent of a Swiss army knife. The seamless fiberglass interior will hold up to swim parties, dive trips and beach landings. add the carpeting, turn up the premium sound system and fire up the built-in grill, and you are ready to entertain. It's not that other boats can't offer similar traits; it's simply a matter of doing many things just a little bit better. The in-console bathroom is particularly roomy and the storage areas large and well-finished. Performance is lively for the hull's size and power, and the wakes and handling will please most recreational riders and skiers.

Lasting Test Impression: There's no need for fighting the throttle to hold steady at minimum planing speeds, which is good news for wakeboarders and tubers.