Owing to a frisky, short chop while I was on board, the Hawk 38 seemed to spend less time afloat than airborne. This boat has an anti-stuff bow, stab tubes and a triple-step hull, along with an optional G-meter for measuring acceleration—all features you’re more likely to find on a race boat than a dayboat. The twin Mercury Verado 400Rs howled as I shunted the metallic-red race throttles back and forth. In flat seas, she should max out at just over 62 knots. In the low 50s and chop, I was getting more than enough excitement for the prevailing conditions, but in the open ocean, I could imagine Evel Knievel using her to jump ferries.