The Hydra-Sports 2000's remarkably smooth and dry ride makes it feel heavier than it really is. Through the various conditions we encountered, I didn't get spray on the windshield all day. Also, like a heavier boat, the new Vector tracked beautifully on every point of sea.
The 2000 can handle twin engines, though our boat carried a single 225-hp Evinrude Ficht. In the Gulf of Mexico, many offshore anglers have opted for the security of two engines. They run on two and troll on one for even greater fuel economy. However, no matter what Evinrude Ficht engine (which powers all Hydra-Sports Vector series boats) you choose, you'll never have a range of less than 200 nautical miles.
In our sheltered-water speed runs, a top speed of 48 mph at 5,700 rpm (above factory redline) sucked down almost 22 gph. More reasonable speeds like 30 mph at 4,000 rpm burned a conservative 9.7 gph. In a hard-over turn at cruising speed, the 2000 bleeds off speed quickly.
I found only one slightly disturbing trait, which had nothing to do with the boat. Between 3,000 and 3,200 rpm, the Ficht outboard developed a louder-than-usual harmonic resonance. OMC test-center engineers claim the sound occurs at the point at which this particular engine alters the atomization pattern of the fuel injection into the cylinder. Unfortunately, that was the rpm range I wished to use most often in our particular offshore conditions that day.
But to its credit, any Ficht outboard will provide you with tremendous range compared to normally aspirated engines - an average of 40 percent better than with an EFI. I can vouch for running about 60 miles and the fuel gauge needle just barely starting to move away from "full" by the end of the day.