The answer to this question is frequently distorted and misunderstood. Top speed can be broken down in two ways.
- Top speed in test conditions. This means, very little fuel (as little as 10 gallons), one driver, ideal water conditions and cool dry air.
- Top speed in real world condition. This means, full or near full fuel capacity, the average number of people the boat was designed to carry and not so perfect water and weather conditions.
Driving a boat under the second scenario will give a much more realistic evaluation of the boat’s performance for your particular situation. If you are evaluating different boats, it is highly recommended you test the boat under the conditions you plan to use it most frequently. If that means six, eight or twelve people on board, plus fuel, equipment and supplies for the day, then demand those conditions. If you don’t, you may be very disappointed when you go out on the lake after your big purchase.
Remember, if high speeds are your ultimate goal there is a price to pay and it gets exponentially higher the faster you want to go. For example, to go from 50 to 80 mph the upgrade may be $18,000, 80 to 100 mph $30,000, but to go from 100 mph to 130 mph the cost could rise to an upgrade of over $60,000. And at this point you also incur higher maintenance costs and reduce power train reliability.
For a family, the Luxury Cat is a good balance of all factors. It will give you very dependable, low maintenance performance with cruising speeds of 40 – 60 mph and top speeds of 70 – 80 mph, fully loaded with fuel, passengers and a days worth of supplies. If speed is what hooks you, the Flat Deck will deliver speeds of 140 mph+ with some of the most dependable high performance motors on the market. Let’s face it, the Flat Deck was meant to go fast!