wow, this question is just about as difficult and as controversial as the difference between stepped hulls and conventional Vs. I will just say that in theory, a center pod will handle heavy seas better while the ones without should in theory be faster, especially on flat water. In practice however, it's not that easy. Peters and Hledin have been designing their cats the way they do for a long time. I know that Buzzi thinks that a cat with a center pod is bound to be a poor-performing hull. But then Gary Armington of Talon has designed a fantastic hull which is now being used by Hustler to build their popular 377. And that boat held the kilo record for quite some time so it is fast, no doubt about that. So it's again one of those cases where everyone has their little recipe but there may be more than one good solution to the problem of designing a good tunnel hull. And other design features may be more important than the presence or absence of a center pod. My advice is: test all of those boats you mentioned and make your mind up based on that not on rigid criteria like the presence or absence of a specific design feature. I also strongly suggest that you look at the Talon 25. It's basically a smaller version of a 377 and I am told that it has very similar dynamic behaviour. I rode in a 377 several times and it's quite something. It leans into turns like a V bottom and has none of that tramlining, pushing you to the outside feel of some other cats. I think Talon is still making the 25 exclusively for Lake Cumberland dealership but not sure though.