Its Apex hullform is a Kevlar-reinforced V-shape that features reversed chines and a keelpad - a flat area - just forward of the transom. This design softens the ride in choppy waters, provides blisteringly quick holeshots, and remains stable during high-speed maneuvers. Just try taking your crew through some 2-G turns - they'll be grinning, not grimacing, from ear to ear. And thanks to MerCruiser's new side-mount control box, docking or putting the Campion back on the trailer is a snap. This new shifter features a very positive neutral d-tente, so there's no question of whether you're still in gear. Also, trimming the drive up to the trailering position no longer requires fumbling for a separate button on the handle's underside. After shutting down the 210-hp MerCruiser 4.3L EFI Alpha stern drive ($3,986) powering our test boat, we simply depressed the thumb switch on the handle a second time once the trim limit was reached and the drive unit rose to the protective trailering position. Check out Crownline's 180 ($17,163 powered like our test boat) and you'll find the same user-friendly control box.