Months ago we tested the Meridian 441 with straight-shaft twin 425-hp diesel inboards and noted her performance numbers. Some among us, including Capt. Steve, thought that the boat was slightly underpowered, but that is sometimes the case with brands that are trying to come in with as low a price-point as possible. Instead of simply putting a higher horsepower engine in the 441, Meridian went one better and put in a 480-hp Zeus pod drive propulsion package. When we found out about the upgrade, we asked Meridian when and where we could get aboard for a new performance test. Here is the comparison of the two different drive systems.