Close competitors are going to be boats like Regulator's 26 FS ($144,995 with twin Yamaha F250 outboards) and Contender's 28 Tournament ($133,142 powered by twin Yamaha F200 outboards). Both have a steeper deadrise at the transom (24 degrees on the Regulator and 24.5 on the Contender), which usually makes for a smoother ride with a bit less stability, but neither delivers that half-coffin in the bow nor the startling single-engine performance. All three of these boats can boast of unusually stout construction, though the Grady-White does have a few touches that go far beyond the norm. The stainless-steel hardware, for example, is passivated in an acid bath to remove casting impurities, then buffed, then passivated and buffed again. Hatches are resin transfer molded (RTM), which results in the optimal resin-to-fiberglass ratio and a flawless finish on both sides. And stringers are laminated into the hull while it's still in the mold, so both parts maintain their integrity until they cure into a single piece. Solid? You betcha. And when you consider the construction, features and performance of the Canyon 271 as a whole, one thing is for sure: With this boat underfoot, your fate lies in your own hands.