This is Barletta’s sophomore year, but it is playing at varsity level. The builder’s offerings this year are fully equipped, and Barletta provides features, construction, performance and styling on par with the best in the industry. This E24QC with a Mercury 250 FourStroke provided strong performance, attention-grabbing good looks and many useful, well-engineered features. Performance-wise, the 26-inch diameter tubes with full-length lifting strakes and outside spray rails on the outer tubes worked with the Merc to provide acceleration from zero to 30 mph in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 44.5 mph at 5,800 rpm. Fuel mileage? Best cruise netted 4 mpg (3.6 gph) at 14.5 mph and 2,500 rpm. Handling was sharp, with excellent turning ability and no bounce or wallowing at any speed. Minimum plane speed occurred at just 14 mph at 2,500 rpm; that makes for a nice dinner-cruise speed, especially with a low cockpit-noise level of just 67 decibels.