Starcraft put together a genuine “family truckster” of a rig in this MDX 201 IO deck boat, without the geeky looks of the Griswolds’ ride. To the contrary, the MDX 201 has sleek and incredibly sporty lines that are not normally associated with a family platform. Its performance reflected its style. Fitted with a MerCruiser 4.5-liter V-6 engine and time-tested Alpha One sterndrive, the 201 gave a lively but family-friendly (read: easy to pilot) performance. With an 18-inch-pitch four-blade Mercury Black Max aluminum propeller, our boat hit a maximum 43 mph at 4,700 rpm — a good turn of speed with 33 gallons of fuel and crew totaling 400 pounds. We suspect performance won’t suffer much even with triple that load, thanks to the MDX’s wide hull footprint.