The Pantera is as good as sold.
I looked at the Baja yesterday, and saw speeds of about 62 indicated. And it felt like about 55, if that.
The bilge had some soft spots on either side of the engine where the batteries were mounted, and in whacking the hull/transom all around with my lil hammer it was pretty obvious to me that, while not a complete sponge, the hull just wasn't that rigid anymore... Coulda fooled me by how it rode.
We took it out in 1-2' chop and I felt like my fillings were gonna rattle outta my teeth. Anyway, I figured that it would manage, barely on Lake Michigan... But, all in all, probably too small for what I really need.
I talked to my partner about it yesterday and we are actually considering early to mid 90's 270 Sundancers and the like to use the rest of the summer to float around on with all the little tramps we hang out with. Most of what we do we're anchored off in the Playpen anyway. And something like that would definitely be more usable in rougher water.
Maybe we'd get a Formula or something in the spring... Who knows?