Billy - My X2 does great in the intercoastal. I've taken it out in 4 footers and it does fine, I go under 20 mph but it definately handles it, i definately wouldnt tow it to the bahamas though lol. I know wakeboats should definately not be towed but the CSX seems very boston-whaler ish. By the way here is one of the whalers we used to tow, Rage 15 jet boat, it has super low freeboard and no deep V, but it was built like a tank. As far as water over the bow, it doesn't matter as long as the boat is self bailing, which the csx is. The problem is towing the boat just beats it to hell and i have seen sub-par center consoles have the console rip off, delaminate, sink, etc. Here are some pics of a 15 rage, definately not an ocean boat, lol.