Performance with the chosen power is a second consideration. Contender in particular is synonymous with performance. “We make boats designed to go upwards of 60 miles per hour,” Neber says. As such, he’s a big proponent of the step hull, which boosts speed, with a diminished wetted running surface, as well as other advantages. “We took identical layouts — same weight, length and beam — and put a step hull under one of them. It handled better in offshore conditions, was more stable, and provided 20 percent better fuel efficiency,” he says.