RBT, you have any test reports showing the 250xs or 300xs have fewer emissions than the 275 Verado? I have not looked hard myself but would like to know. I had a choice between 275 Verado and 225 opti or 250xs Opti's when I bought my boat in the summer or 2005. All the magazine test reports I saw where either of the 275 or 225 opti's on my boat and the 275 fuel economy at cruise was the same as my 275 Verado's. Also the top speed of the 250xs compared to the (yes I know they are heavier) 275 Verado's was right around the same. As of right now the Verado's are bringing better resale value and that is very important to me because I can't seem to keep a boat longer than 3-4 years.