After we played with the joystick control, we took the 441 out for speed runs and, though the unassisted steering was very stiff, she was just as well mannered. Standard power on the 441 is a pair of 380-horsepower Cummins QSB diesels, but our test boat had the $17,000 upgrade to twin 425-horsepower Cummins, a good choice that let us top out at 26.4 knots, or a shade over 30 mph. Another option is the 480-horsepower Cummins, but that only pushes the speed to about 33 mph, so I'd pick the middle power option. We didn't have any seas bigger than our own wake, but the 441 clearly benefits from an increased vee in the hull and felt solid at all speeds. One slick feature of the digital throttle and Total Control link with the SmartCraft black box is "cruise control." You can set a pre-determined rpm or speed and then just shove the throttles forward. The system will take you right to your previously determined "sweet spot" and then hold that speed, which is a boon when fuel is five dollars a gallon.