I expected the 227 Cuddy to perform like a champ. Why? It's built on the same hull design as the 22 Sea Cat center console -- the winner of BOATING'S 22' comparison cat rally. And it lived up to my expectations. In fact, it felt more like 24' or 25' underfoot. No surprises there. The shocker lies in this boat's design above the waterline -- its cabin. Big deal, you say? Well, it is, because there are only a few cats in this size range that offer cabins. And like the ride, the cabin on this boat makes you think you're on a larger one. Since the Sea Cat maintains its full beam all the way to the bow, the actual volume of the cuddy is close to that of a much longer boat. Look through the port-side entry and you'll see a queen-size berth, rodracks for six rigs along each side, a portable MSD, and forward stowage pockets. Pull up the cushions, and there's bulk stowage beneath. Want to access the bow? A walkthrough windshield makes getting to the anchor locker a breeze. Once there, note the beefy anchor pulpit and roller, but curse the wimpy strut on the anchor locker hatch.