New Jersey builders have a reputation for creating seaworthy fishing boats stretching back to pre-Revolutionary War times. That heritage continues with the Egg Harbor 43 convertible. Rest assured, however, that technology has come a very long way since Puritan times. Egg Harbor challenged the Michael Peters design team to come up with a fast, dry running surface, since the company has a long history of penning topflight offshore boats, including some successful racers. The resulting slightly concave bottom boasts prop pockets affording the 43 a shallower draft for transiting the Bahamas banks or the backwaters of Jersey. But more important, the pockets allow a narrower shaft angle. Anytime you can direct your thrust more closely parallel to the water's surface, you gain efficiency. Combine this with a moderate dead rise of 17 degrees at the transom and you can expect a smooth ride. Speaking of ride, the Egg 43 offers a comfortable cruising speed of about 32 knots, and atop end of 36, with the C12 Cats. You can however, choose a smaller engine package.