Now check out the 327’s stepped hull. It’s a symphony of shapes working in harmony. By dropping the keel line, the forward panel’s deadrise has been increased to enhance turning, and that greater angle allowed opening up the vents, improving speed and efficiency. Aft, the motor bracket’s submerged “bucket” is lower, increasing buoyancy, and the bottom is five inches longer. These characteristics help support the weight of today’s monster outboards, but at the cost of some increased drag at top end. To compensate, keel vents — mini steps — are incorporated forward of the transom. These features proved their worth in the confident turning, no-squat takeoff and light-handed control of the helm I experienced during sea trials.