As a starter boat for families with small kids, the high coamings, thoughtful padding and good handgrips make it secure. But when the kids become teenagers, this is also a boat where you can hand over the keys without worrying. It’s not too fast (45ish mph), but it’s great for tubing and, if their youthful hormones overcome them, it’s hard for teenagers to get into trouble. Crank the wheel, and the boat just takes over and cools things down. With normal handling, you can make the turns you want for towing, but get too rambunctious, and the GT-180 sheds speed and keeps things calm.