This response came even before we saw the literature about Larson's new SofRide Hull. If you look at the running surfaces of the company's previous runabouts, you can see that for the all-new LXi series boats they extended the strakes and sharpened the deadrise at the transom. In the process, they also designed extremely deep freeboard. All of this makes the 238 — hardly huge, being the middle brother in the LXi family — appropriate for big lakes and along the coast. That's our take after running in a cold, hard wind and whitecaps.