How can a boat be so well built yet remain so inexpensive- Factory-direct sales help keep some costs down. The vacuum-bagged, foam-cored hull weighs in at 2,700 pounds, as much as 1,300 pounds lighter than some similar-size boats, yet it feels as solid as concrete. The tunnel is taller than other cats, adding more cushion when the going gets rough. Venting ports aft allow trapped air and water to escape, which prevents sneezes (mist blown back out of the tunnel), and full-length lifting strakes help it plane easily. Our test boat, overpropped with 22" four-bladers, turned only 4900 rpm yet topped 45 mph. With less pitch and a few hundred more rpm, this boat will surely go faster. Fuel efficiency is also well above average; at 3500 rpm and a 31.8-mph cruise, we got an absolutely astonishing 3.5 mpg.