The spec sheet lists the 298 at 29 feet length overall, but that includes its standard swim platform extension. True hull length is 27 feet, a point to keep in mind when making comparisons. Its 8-foot-6-inch beam and enclosed-head compartment puts the 298 in the same league as big day boats like the Four Winns SL262, Chaparral 264 Sunesta and Sea Ray 250 SLX, each priced at about $105,000 with big-block power. Deadrise is 21 degrees, and the running surface is vented from the chine to the first strake. KCS engineers have updated the hull and deck lamination schedules from the previous five layers to seven alternating layers of random-strand and woven roving fiberglass, and introduced premium-quality Imedge (for colors) and Armorcote (for white) gelcoat. The stringer system is encapsulated marine plywood. Wiring has been upgraded to the same labeled yacht specifications used on Cruisers models. The engine mounts have been completely re-engineered and the previous lagged wood blocks replaced with heavy aluminum right-angle mounts through-bolted to both the stringers and the engine. Other material upgrades are more mundane: Wood is eliminated from seat bases, stainless-steel strainers replace plastic on the deck drains, and all hatch rams are also stainless, for example.