At the helm, a pair of swanky, adjustable Ultraleather captain's chairs offer long-haul comfort, aided by stainless-steel footrests and bicolor lighting for night passages. Grab the controls and take charge of the twin 435-bhp engines that are purring under the deck. (You can't hear or feel them, but trust me, they're there.) The Volvo Penta IPS 600 tractor drives powering the 17-ton 5260 deliver excellent performance. It's a testament to the efficiency of counter-rotating propellers, which provide huge blade area in a small diameter, delivering thrust through the flat shaft angle of the low-drag IPS drives. The 5260 reaches its top speed of 35 mph quickly while still offering a torquey, confident feel at lower throttle settings. It likes a little tab, but visibility from the helm is excellent. I found the sweet spot at 3100 rpm (26 mph). At that speed, my tester moved fast enough to satisfy most cruisers and burned just 34 gph. It turns on a dime underway, as I proved by cutting U-turns in a channel just a little wider than the boat's LOA.