Put aside the style and the long list of standards and remember this: Crownline’s E23 XS is pure fun to drive. Sure, our test boat’s whisper-quiet Mercury 250 Verado had something to do with it, but the true magic is in Crownline’s F.A.S.T. Tab hull. The design vents the chines in order to aerate the running surface and reduce drag. It follows that vent with a subtle chine fin to aid in handling. Fire-walling the throttle quickly affirmed the first claim, putting the E23 XS on plane in a mere 3.4 seconds with no loss of forward visibility. Keeping that throttle pinned, the boat shot past 30 mph in 7 seconds, en route to a 54.5 mph top speed. What really put a silly grin on our faces, however, was the aggressive handling. Repeatedly, we cranked the wheel hard over and felt the hull nimbly roll into the turn with absolute precision, the prop not once losing its bite as we continued to push the boat’s limits.