A short deck, like that of the A28, can be narrower because the lamination crew doesn’t have to reach elbow-deep to roll out bubbles as they do aboard the taller decks of most boats. That means more width in the cockpit. Additionally, the low platform and those topsides flutes are created with reverse curves. Such shapes cannot be pulled from a single mold, the way most hulls are manufactured, any more than we could pop a cake from a pan with indented sides. Multipiece molds are required, costing more in time and labor. So, even at a glance, and from a distance, one begins to see why an A28 costs more than a comparable boat, like Sea Ray’s 270 SLX ($131,049 powered like our tester), even given that both boats might share the same engine options, utilize similarly high-quality upholstery and bejewel their bows with stainless-steel chafe plates.