Century's new 2900 WA didn't like heading straight into the nasty, steep chop in shallow water - of course, no boat does. Taken on a slight angle and at a prudent speed, however, and it ran very comfortably.
In fact, I can't remember a boat any more comfortable for driving while seated. Trim-tab switches and throttles located right by your thigh make for easy control without needing to divert your gaze from the horizon. When standing, however, I found that the controls so perfectly placed for driving while seated became too low, necessitating a long reach down to them.
One of the main benefits of a wide-body boat that ignores the normal highway towing constriction is stability. With its 9 1/2-foot beam, the 2900's roll-moment made bottom fishing for bait a pleasure even in rough seas.
With Century being a Yamaha-owned company, expect to see only those silver-grey engines mounted on a Century transom. In our case, Yamaha's heaviest iron - twin 250s - moved the 2900 along at just over 51 mph at almost-factory-spec 5,400-rpm top speed with a fuel burn of 0.9 mpg. The most economical cruising speed turned out to be around 35 mph at 3,500 rpm, providing a range of 1.6 mpg.
Like some Carolina-style boats, the 2900 really leans into a turn. The benefit of this translates into the force pushing passengers toward the flooring rather than over the side in a sharp turn at speed.