With a 400-pound combined captain and crew load, plus about 60 gallons of gasoline, Yamaha's steadfast F150 pushed us to a 43 mph top speed at 5,500 rpm, twisting a 14¼-inch-by-17-inch Yamaha Reliance three-blade stainless-steel prop. That's a bit less than the 45-plus mph results Scout published, but our conditions were soupy as we fought rainstorms, high winds and big chop. The rough seas proved beneficial, though, as they gave us good feedback on the 215's ride. When we pushed it hard through wakes, swells and hard turns, the boat handled confidently and without a complaint. It takes a lot to unnerve this 21-footer; at midrange speeds, we were able to walk about the deck in confidence as the 20-degree deadrise V-hull provided great stability and still delivered a smooth, dry ride without jarring the fillings out of our teeth. A lot of boats this size relegate crew to their seats when underway.