With a single 250 hp Yamaha F250 outboard motor on the transom, the 3,400-pound 243 DC whooshed us to a top speed of 51.6 mph, spinning a 20-inch-pitch stainless-steel prop. Savvy shoppers will note the vented chines that NauticStar labels as “air-assist” and should check out the planing pods on the hull while inspecting this boat at a show or dealership. During acceleration trials, we recorded a time to plane of about four seconds and consistently zoomed from 0 to 30 mph in about six seconds. Naturally, the F250’s corrosion resistance, and its ability to tilt completely clear of the water, should weigh heavily in the decision-making of any boater considering plying salty coastal waters. After all, the walk-through windshield arrangement that makes the 243 DC a great family boat also allows it to compete with sterndrive-powered bowriders and deck boats for family boaters seeking a new waterborne conveyance.