From certain angles, the one shown below among them, the sheer line appears to have a hint of spring. In a pure profile, though, it has the opposite — a reverse sheer, also known as powder horn. A shallow and edgy break in the sheer defines the after third of the boat. The line continues aft and then drops in a graceful arc to the quarter guard. Steps, port and starboard, will give everyone easy access to the water, helped by the handrails on the engine’s hinged hood. This hood also suppresses the outboard’s noise and deflects exhaust gases away from the cockpit, but equally important, it’s an integral part of the design. An outboard engine, no matter how attractive, would still be an eyesore.