You call a few years a long time??? Is the 50' and 54' Hatteras and the 52' Cabo FB the same size class? The Hatteras 45 EX IS the Cabo 44'. EVERYTHING from the rubrail down is exactly the Cabo 44, it is the Cabo 44, therefore it should drive exactly the same don't ya think??????? The only thing they changed to make the 45 EX was the superstructre and interior trim. It's a rebadged Cabo. Since that is the same, I'm specifically talking about the fit and finish. I inspected some of the first Cabo's (and a few others) once they became Hatterfied and there was a big difference......now nothing major and nothing an owner would notice......but a perfect example would be......Cabo's didn't used to have all of those jigsaw cut access panels in the clothing closets and behind cabinets and such......that were literally cut with a jigsaw with rough lines and openings.....In today's day and age you can't figure out how to cut the piece with a CNC machine before you put it in the boat???? Cabo's interior finish work was closer to a custom boats than a production boats, when they were based in Adelanto. The Michael Peters tank tested hull designs Cabo used were far superior to the Donald Blount wet Hatteras hull designs. All of the Cabo employees fought long and hard for them not to use Blount on the Cabo 44' when it was designed. I could tell you all sorts of stories and things I've seen of good old boy engineering on finished Hatteras boats to get them to ride right and all sorts of after the fact hull and mold additions to correct ride/running problems up until at least last year that I know of and have seen, but quite honestly it would take hours and pages of writing....... Hatteras builds a good production boat as does Viking for that matter, but Cabo was built to a higher standard than both in fit and finish......just inspect the wiring runs of each to give you an example. You can take photographs of Cabo's wiring and they'd make a nice picture to hang on your wall.