Jeff Sr, actually they are almost identical to the 198 hull except for a few minor changes. I have owned a 97 186, a 191 and a 198 before buying my 2011 202 elite that I picked up at the Ranger plant in Arkansas that was built under stratos label. They had a few issues in 07 with a hooked pad but that was long gone by 08. The changes from the 198 were basically the top cap, rear corners were rounded and they put a curved lip in very back of hull on bottom of transom area which really I really improved the holeshot over the 198, and it rides the same as my 198 did. The passenger console is removable ( at least on mine) and storage in center is better. Think of it as a shorter 210. It really needs a 225, mine has 225 pros and runs 71.5 light and 68 with tournament load. Read livewell full and half of TackleWarehouse. If you have any questions shoor me a pm.