What I have always wondered........... From everything I research, down east boats are supposed to be superior to novi hulls. Correct me if I'm wrong but d.e.'s are faster are better in heavy seas and the myth that they can haul more weight, well I've seen alot of d.e.'s carrying piles of lobster pots at a good speed. Now, I realize a 55 foot no I is a brute that can carry a house but what I'm comparing is a 40 vs 40 foot with equal HP. My question is if what I stated is true why wouldn't novi builder change their hulls over time to be more inline with the superior d.e.'s hulls. Is it pride, stubborness, or us being Americans? I really don't mean to offenend anyone but people I know always debated it. If I'm all wet on my facts I'd like to hear from you.