Champion started as a builder of quality bass boats. Today, it also targets salt water with superb bay skiffs and its line of flats boats recently acquired from Back Country Powerboats. The Tunnel Champ, newest in the bay-boat lineup, runs in 8 inches of water at speeds in excess of 50 mph with the 225-hp outboard. Built with a full liner rather than being a rolled-edge skiff, Champion uses a tunnel to allow the engine to be mounted higher on the transom for better shallow-water performance. At the same time, the tunnel prevents the transom from blocking sufficient water flow to the propeller. But, just so you don't get the impression that the Tunnel Champ is for calm water only, the sharp entry and deep-V hull handle rough bays and moderate days nearshore just as well as calm water.