Our test boat, with air conditioning, generator and options including the electric windlass, was priced at $222,000. If you go with the 7.4 L MPI MerCruisers, the $180,000 base price is attractive in today's market-especially when you consider the solidity of the product and the builder. Maxum is a division of the Brunswick Corporation, the largest manufacturer of recreational boats in the world. In addition to the obvious buying power this affords with suppliers, Maxum boats benefit from the company's willingness to invest in engineering and technology. The 3500 was designed with a state-of-the-art computer-aided design system. A five-axis, computer-driven gantry router cuts the plugs for her hull, superstructure and the other tooling during construction. Numerically controlled routers cut structural bulkheads, non-structural interior partitions and joinery.