I think its better to run a 275 at 75% throttle, rather than a 225 at 100%throttle. Usually when we do charter, the fleet cruises at 37-40 knots.( Always the guys with the big engines that sets the pace, so my 200 optimax run at full throttle to keep up when seating 10 passengers. I want my next boat to cruise at this speed without going full throttle.
Ill go for Valiant/merc because i get a dealer discount, also like the look of the PT750. If I dont get a black one, I,ll consider a Tornado or an Osprey. Dont like the look of the Parker RS. The Baltic looks much better.