All welded, just like a Coast Guard cutter, this is one durable fish boat. I was particularly impressed by construction details such as the through-bolted cleats and the rugged knees bracing the transom. The welded panels comprising the hull are tongue-and-groove, and Crestliner uses aluminum for under-deck support, giving the boat a confidence-inspiring ride. It scoots onto plane, and even with the big torque from the deep 2.33:1 gear ratio of Mercury's 115 four-stroke, motor and boat never felt at odds. Re-entry coming off wakes was smooth, and reversed chines deflected spray back into the lake.