I think it all depends on what size boat you are looking at. Before the Apache I had a 25 Baja Outlaw. A buddy had a 26 AO Cat. In confused water (most poker runs I run) his cat would hands down be a better ride, in rollers, I'd take my Baja any day. Now I have a 28 Apache, for the size you can't beat the ride but the same theory holds true. Confused water, even though my boat does great the cat of same size will be a better ride, but in 4' rollers I stick with the V. I think around this size is where it gets interesting, a 28 skater will pretty much beat me in any water nomatter what but thats a Skater, other cats with a pad is a different story. Once you get into 36'+ size ...............We'll thats out of my league anyways.