The most obvious feature that sets this boat apart from the other 150 or so we tested is its cockpit. Think of your home kitchen with its freestanding island counter. Now put that island in the LS 345 Drummond Runner's cockpit, sitting halfway in the forward end of the cockpit and halfway in the aft end of the bridgedeck. It dominates neither and serves both. The island incorporates a folding sunlounge aft and butts up to the helm seats forward, allowing the boat to reclaim seating once provided by the engine box on inboard boats of yesteryear. Yet there's no engine inside, just open space, which is used for the galley. There's a side-loading 2.6-cubic foot refrigerator, stainless-steel microwave, single-burner gas stove, freshwater sink, and stowage drawers with secure spots for dishes, flatware, and glasses. Not only does this make onboard cooking and eating an outdoors affair-which it should be on any day it isn't raining-it also frees up gobs of space in the main cabin.