Our test boat’s 350 hp MerCruiser 6.2L Bravo Three sterndrive responded effortlessly to input via the digital throttle-and-shift controls. At speed, the SLX 250’s hull — with its 21-degree deadrise, full-length strakes, and unique concave sections between inner and outer strakes toward the stern — revealed agile handling, powering through even hard-over turns at speed with nary a buck or drop in speed. Time to plane was a quick 4.6 seconds. We reached 30 mph in less than 3 seconds more before topping out at 49.2 mph. Interestingly, our test boat was equipped with traditional Lenco trim tabs. Previously, the SLX offered only Sea Ray’s Dynamic Running Surface option. Large aluminum plates integrated directly into the running surface, DRS uses gyroscopes, accelerometers, GPS data and software to automatically find the best running angle, improve acceleration, reduce bow rise and even shape wakes for board sports. At $3,923, however, it proved pricier than some customers cared for, prompting the builder to add traditional tabs for 2017.