It starts with a proven hull design. Robalo engineers retained the 240’s exceptional running surface, which includes a variable deep-V with 22 degrees deadrise at the transom. Its Hydrolift design has extra-wide reverse chines and is reinforced with Kevlar for strength and impact resistance. This boat is a pleasure to drive, as I discovered thanks to Fish Tale Marina in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, a leading Robalo dealer. The boat pops on plane within seconds with no discernible bow rise, and it rides as soft as freshly fallen snow. Don’t expect any surprises or errant spray either. The aggressive stem slices and dices a chop, and the stern holds like Super Glue even in high-speed maneuvers. And with the centerline helm and low-profile glass windshield, the operator is always in total control.