First, if you want a swim platform, there's plenty of space on the transom to add one as an option. Second, if you want more platform space, you add a second platform to the other side of the motor. Finally, the running surface stretches to the transom too, while a step in the hull at the keel lets water reform in front of the prop for solid hookups. All of this was evident the minute we took the helm and jumped it up on plane in a little more than four seconds — not bad for a boat weighing more than 4,000 pounds with motor and crew. It knocked down chop as well, and we proved it by plowing up some rough water then doubling back over it at cruising speed.