I looked at both the Howard and DCB before buying my Warlock back in 98. Actually I looked at all the 26-29' boats available on the west coast. Then came east and checked out Sonic, Pantera, Powerplay and Cig. I was living in CA at the time so it was were I was going to buy a boat.
My main requirements were to have a comfortable, well built weekend boat at a reasonable price. I also figured if you put enough power to anything, it would be fast.
There are good and not so good points to all of them, but the one thing I will say about DCB is that the rigging is unbeliveable!!!! Every boat is truly a one of a kind custom boat. I just didnt feel the extra cost was worth it, fit and finish was about as perfect as you can get.
Howard was about in the middle of the pack, but I wanted a bigger cabin.
I didnt look at some of the smaller NE companys but after seeing there boats I think I still would have picked the Warlock.
I've been totally satisfied with it for 6 years, its been everything I wanted it to be. It has held up to everything I could put to it, and I've boated in every type of water from NW Washington to the SE Florida, but feel the need to move into something bigger and slower.