I got a chance to ride in the new SeaArk Pro-Cat 240 today (the first BOC member to do so, I might add, nyah nyah nyah...:wink and boy was I impressed! Steve and I were on the Osage River at Warsaw, MO today, in winds that would make most sensible folks stay home -- 25 to 30mph sustained with gusts well over 40mph -- and the new Pro-Cat handles like a dream. It's easily the most comfortable ride I've ever seen in an aluminum boat. Heavy waves and chop were no match for the boat -- we sliced through them like buttah. My 18ft Xpress side-console would have beaten me to death today and would have been downright unsafe in the conditions we encountered. The boat handles like nothing I've ever seen -- the hole shot is something you just have to experience. Jam the throttle wide open and the boat just goes -- it doesn't throw the nose high in the air, it just takes off and is almost instantly on plane. The 225 Suzuki really moves the boat with authority and the hydraulic steering is a must-have -- you can turn the boat at full throttle with just one finger on the wheel. The combination of the ultra-quiet Suzuki and the dual console with walk-through windshield really shined today -- we were coming downriver into the 30 mph wind, wide open throttle doing about 50mph, and were able to carry on a normal conversation. Try that in your typical no-windshield side-console boat - it's impossible. At one point, I stood up just to see what the wind was like above the windshield and it actually took my breath away. That windshield is worth it's weight in gold, no question. I took upwards of 150 photos of the boat today, lots of static shots and quite a few action shots (Steve left me standing on the dock while he was showing off....) -- I've uploaded about 50 of the best to my website here: http://www.pbase.com/martyt/pro_cat_240 You can view the boat in far more detail than we've seen up to this point, and the action shots really speak volumes. In particular, be sure to check out the series of "hole shot" photos where the boat is going away from the camera. That demonstrates clearly how the boat behaves when you romp on the throttle. Incredible to say the least.