Depends what you really want. You do not tell enough about your requirements. For starters, if you are concerned about wind/water, are you sure you want an offshore powerboat. Past that consideration, if pure speed is what you are after, two makes have to be set apart: hustler and outerlimits. From my experience, both are fantastic boats with excellent sea-keeping abilities and quite a bit faster than average. Naturally, those are highly ventilated bottoms which allow high speeds to be attained so you have to know what you are doing at the limit. I believe National Marine have an Outerlimits 37 with twin 500s and it does close to 95 mph. Those are expensive boats though but Outerlimits is defintely one of the best. Plus, there is a bit of an aura about being an Outerlimits owner. It's a very exclusive club. As for Hustler's 344 Cheetah, I would highly recommend it. There are great deals on very recent boats with twin 525s which is good for approx. 95 mph and I've tested one in Miami this year. Flies straight and level, tracks straight as an arrow, dry boat, great acceleration, great finish on the boat... in other words, a serious product. You may also want to consider a 344 with twin 496HOs. Very cost-effective package with a 5-year warranty on those motors and it is good for 83 mph. In my opinion, this is something to look at: if you can have this sort of speed with bog standard power and without even going to Mercury Racing, then you should consider it because the saving is substantial both on purchase and maintenance. Plus, I've visited Hustler's facility and it is one of the nicest shops you are likely to see a boat being built at. I know that you are not interested in a shop but in a boat but nevertheless, it is nice to see the cleanliness of that place and to know that those guys can really concentrate on their products in optimal conditions. I suggest you give Chip Fendt a call on 631 208 2933. The advantage is that Chip will tell you about their products without badmouthing competition which is important when making a balanced decision. I do not own a Hustler but I was mightily impressed. They also have their 388 Slingshot which is a great boat. I believe National Marine also has one with twin 500s and I've seen that boat do 87 mph. As far as the Scarab, Formula and Fountain are concerned, those are more industrial products in my humble opinion. This is not necessarily a bad thing: BMWs for example are too. A Fountain will be fast and run with the best but you have to get even with their design. Some people love them, some loathe them. The cons involve the facts that it is a pretty bland product and that at every poker run or gathering there will be one zillion people with the same boat but on the upside, there are some smoking deals around. It is a lot of boat for the money asked and if you want to go even better in terms of bang for your buck, check out the 35 Executioner. Most of them are with 496HOs but again, I believe National has a rare one with Mercury Racing power, either 500s or 525s, I can't remember which. I've tested the Formula and to be honest, it is not up there in terms of pure performance. However, I had the impression that their boats are a bit wider which naturally penalizes performance but has its advantages, namely roominess, stability... Plus, Formulas have a nice wraparound windshield incorporated in their design and I believe that they are the best in terms of wind protection. I will not talk about the Scarab as I have never tested that boat. Finally, we get to the Cigarette. A 35 or the 38 are great boats, not the fastest but great fun in rough water. Very solid boats, should last for a while even if you bash it. However, they are usually expensive and the wind protection is zero if you are over 6'. But what can I tell you, a Cig is a Cig. So personally I would say that there are three categories here: if you're looking for a more customized product which will be faster than others and will set you apart in terms of looks, go for Hustler or Outerlimits. If you don't mind the fact that your neighbour might have the same boat with the same paint scheme and if cost is of paramount importance, see Fountain, Scarab, Formula. And then, there is Cigarette. Not the fastest, damn near most expensive, no protection, a dated design... but very desirable indeed. I think they call it character. As for my choice, I'd go for a very recent Hustler 344 with twin 496HOs which will still have a lot of warranty left on them. Tell them to fit you a larger wind deflector which is pretty effective and get yourself into a combination of cost-effectivness, top performance and trouble-free, warrantied boating. This is just an opinion though, my $0.02 if you will.