We ran the 220CC out of Port Jeff Harbor into Long Island Sound as the wind was kicked up at a sustained 20 knots and better. From a stop, the 200 E-Tec pushed the boat on plane quickly with minimal bow rise. Trimming up the engine raised the hull on the strakes, and the steering lightened considerably. The farther offshore we ran, the taller the chop, topping off at a very tight 2 to 3 feet. Taking it head-on, the boat easily ran the bow high and skipped across it, only falling off when we crossed the wake of an arriving ferry, but even then the re-entry was soft, the waves pushed down by the bow flare. Quartering in the chop, the wind forced the spray over the port gunwale until I tabbed down to starboard to counteract it, but to be honest, the wind was gusting so hard that few boats could have remained totally dry. The Striper was most comfortable and efficient cruising around 4,200 rpm at 30 mph, even with four adults and 100 gallons of fuel on board. We were able to hit 38 mph wide open with that load. The boat is stable, the handling predictable, and the ride soft enough for even Grandma to enjoy.