With a tournament-tested hull in place, Stinson widened the deck by an inch. He also added slightly higher gunwales for an even drier rough-water ride and to help keep rod or tackle secure on the fly. To strengthen performance, Stratos balanced the batteries and gear compartments, but more importantly, lowered the center of gravity by molding the seats lower on the cockpit bulkhead. The effect gave us a feeling of greater security while we were trying to break the 75 mph barrier. We never exceeded 72, but Evinrude engineers dropped to a 25-inch prop and increased the top speed to 75 mph.