it seems to me that newer bass cats have the hull tweaked some to run with the motor lower and more blade in the water with very little tilt added. the fury seems to do the best on them, but the fury does not have any mid-range at all. but, hit 5000 grand and it comes alive. not having mid-range means that you are not getting the fuel economy you could be getting. but, for those that just know stop and wot, you are not worried about gas. a friend of mine has a puma with the new v8 merc 250. we weighs 270, i weigh 175. 50 gl. of fuel, livewell full, full of gear, we were running 78.7 gps. he is running a 25 fury. tried all the surface props and could not get the speed out of it. rick says lower engine heights and less trim is what make the newer ones tick. you might need to rethink things. most newer boats of any brand have very little if any rooster tail when lit. the flatter you can make the entire boat lift. the better the aero dynamics you have. wind drag is everything in gaining those extra mph hour. if you nose is getting up in the air, you are losing speed. just a by-stander looking on.