"The center of gravity is 100 percent vital in everything we do," says Lou Codega, a naval architect with more than 35 years of experience in boat design. Codega has developed every Regulator hull, and also has worked with Carolina Classic, Cabo and Hines-Farley, along with trawler and work-boat companies. "The difference between a lousy boat and a great boat is how well its designer and the builder work together to get the total weight of the boat balanced. If it's off, bad things happen. Too far aft, and the boat porpoises. Too far forward, and the boat plows in a head sea. So the center of gravity and balanced weight are critical design and construction elements," he says.