Let me first say tha I am in no way your typical first time boat buyer. I have spent a good part of my life on many boats and have had the fortune of driving and experiencing just about every type of boat there is.being from southern California I have spent most of my time on lake havasu and lake mead so my interest has always been focused on performance boats. Being a custom audio fabricator and designer i have also had the pleasure of dismantling a wide variety of boats which has taught me a great deal about how the various boat manufacturers build there boats. I have spent the past 3 years learning as much as I can about a few key builders who build quality boats that I would love to own. As for what I feel comfortable with I am looking for a v bottom boat in the 22 to 24 foot range, single engine (obviously) and open bow, I would prefer a cuddy cabin but would be open to a walk through. In all my research I always find myself looking at either the eliminator 230 eagle xp and the cobra 230 viper. Im looking for 496 mag ho power. What I need now are some serious reviews on both of these boats and some feedback from current or previous owners. Any information would be helpfull.