SeaTek 36

Top Notch.

They Say: The exaggerated flare and tumblehome will entice you aboard. Once there, the ride will make you want to run this bruising, 36'1"-by-14'2", 22,000-pound boat while others are tied fast, waiting for a weather update.

We Say: True. Plus, it's currently priced low to gain a market foothold. But it's no second-rate boat. Transom and bottom are solid fiberglass. Topsides are divinycell-cored. The whole shebang is laid up in vinylester, and SeaTek sealed the laminate, not just the fixtures, at every penetration. I found electrical and plumbing chafe-protection excellent. For a definition of the word "detail," check how the grain of the tuna door's teak gate matches the surrounding covering boards. Belowdecks, the shower sump will be tough to service. But the 36's teak interior sports a huge head and an unexpected level of amenity for a thoroughbred fishing boat. Wide open, we hit 36.8 mph after a smooth, quick transition to plane. Thanks to wider-than-typical engine spacing, the 36 provides agile maneuvering with clutches alone. Its deep-V bottom provides surer handling in following seas (read: breaking inlets) than some flatter-bottomed Carolina boats. Visibility fore and aft is great from the centerline helm. Another detail: The forward canvas is EZ2CY for glass-like clarity, but the aft curtains are Strataglass, so they can be folded for stowage.

Who'd Want One: Billfish chasers and tunamaniacs.

Other Choices: Scopinich 35 Express or Jersey Cape 36 Devil, both of which start around $600,000.

The Numbers: $420,000.

Contact: 516/810-5812, www.seatekboatworks.com.