Running in the troughs provided a calm-water ride, while heading up- or down-sea let us take flight. For some unknown reason, our twin Mercury 225 EFI outboards - still in the break-in period - fell several hundred rpm short of the factory-spec 5,500. At 5,100 rpm, the Outrage hit 42.8 mph. I expect that at full rpm, this boat should come close to 50 mph. At 4,000 rpm, I got a very reasonable 31-mph cruising speed, and not once throughout the day did I get a drop of spray on the windshield.