The go-fast boat is the smuggling vessel of choice in many parts of the world in the 1990s and first years of the 21st century. Built of solid fiberglass, wide of beam and with a deep "V" hull form, the typical go-fast carries a ton or more of cargo, several fuel drums, a handheld global positioning system, perhaps a cellular telephone, and a small crew. With 250-plus horsepower engine, they travel at top speeds of 35-50 knots, slowing little in light chop and still maintaining 25 or more knots in the average five- to seven-foot Caribbean seas. They are heavy enough to cut through higher waves, although at a slower pace. With no metallic fittings, go-fasts are rarely detected by radar except in a flat calm or at close range.
The US Coast Guard finds them to be stealthy, fast, seaworthy, and very difficult to intercept.