Yes, OptiMax engines were a little more "vocal" than other outboards when we firewalled the throttles, but there is no denying the authority in their voice — or the test data we recorded in speed runs on a cool fall day. Just 3.5 seconds to 20 mph — the typical planing speed of monohulls — showed us that this boat was powered and propped for strong hole shots. Then, in just six seconds we reached 30 mph and had to wonder, "Was it underpropped to hit good, skiable acceleration numbers?" Not a bit, as upwind and downwind runs of 55.9 and 56.2 mph indicated. This boat was a runner.