Well, you did say lake boat... right??? Warlock is a awesome rough water fast boat (27ft-up). Haven't rode in a 25. 27 & up is a fast hull but needs some bigger water for the step to work good. I had a 25 nordic rage that was a awesome , fast, quality, LAKE BOAT!!! That would be my choice. They are very economically priced also. Call bob1 and take a ride. Mine ran 77mph on gps stock 502 mpi 25 mirage plus. Be very careful not to buy a river boat when you are looking for a lake boat if you want speed.
Don't give up on CATS till your wife rides in both. My wife was the same way, and now, she wouldn't give up the Eliminator for nothing!!