"Blount is good," said Vance. "Patsea's boot stripe was painted before we put her in the water and she floated right on her lines." Her displacement at half load is 105,000 pounds which is very competitive considering her 3,300-gallon fuel capacity and her 2,400-horsepower MTUs which have a combined weight of 20,000 pounds. Fitted with a full tower, a tender, and her owner's gear aboard, she is capable of 43 knots. Loafing along at 31 knots (1770 rpm and 72-percent load), she burns 120 gallons per hour. According to Vance the key to Patsea VII's performance is her slippery hull form, which features a moderate entry with slightly convex forward sections and a transom deadrise of 13 degrees. Propeller tunnels, a Blount specialty, shade about a third of her 38-inch, five-blade Veem propellers. The result is a draft of just 5 feet, 2 inches. "In the early days, Jim Smith boats were known for their speed, not their ride," admits Vance. "Thanks to Blount, our new boats deliver both."