The 280CC’s deep-V hull tapers to 24 degrees of deadrise at the transom, helping it achieve an excellent ride while knifing through waves. We ran it through a confused chop due to excessive boat traffic, and the 280CC handled it with ease. It didn’t pound, shutter or rattle, or throw spray into the cockpit. The twin Honda 250s propelled the boat to a near 54 mph top-end speed, and cruised comfortably at 29.1 mph and 3,500 rpm. The hull proved predictable in hard-over turns to port and starboard with a nice inboard lean, and exhibited no blowout or slippage in both directions. It tracked straight at trolling speeds as well, and the Hondas were super-quiet in forward idle.