The aft two feet of the 2286’s center tube tapers to a flat pad, which gives the 2286 immediate lift as you accelerate. Many triple-tube configurations boost performance with lifting strakes, which the 2286 also has, just not running all the way aft. Instead, the pad provides the boost but doesn’t create resistance while trying to turn, allowing the 2286 more maneuverability for banking and cornering. The reason Sweetwater does this is to give the boat more oomph for towing skiers and tubers. Due to the nature of its buoyant tubes, it trims level and steady at 13 mph, so you can go slowly to accommodate the skill level of whomever you’re towing.