We just bought the XO Marine 18 ft skiff, which is the same hull as the Mojito 18. Only had it out twice now. Yesterday in a considerable chop on top of a 1.8 m swell. I was totally surprised at how well the Mojito hull handled the chop. It doesn't exactly ride like a panga, as I was accustomed to after owning an Andros Permit 22 for several years. When I first looked at that wide hull on the XO (Mojito) I thought "Oh great, this thing is going to slam in the chop....like a Whaler".....but guess what. It didn't. I drove it about fifteen miles yesterday in chop, standing up, and I don't quite yet know how to characterize the ride. We motored into 3-5 foot swells head on with another foot of chop coming across them, mile after mile. I mean, it handled like one of the best skiffs I have ever driven, basically. Later, back in protected water, I was looking for larger boats with wakes to cross, just to try it out. We have plenty of bigger boats around, and there is no law about keeping the wake down here, so they tend to blast right out of the inlets. The XO handled them great. It's a very interesting hull.
I think I am having some engine/jackplate/offset issues with it, but frankly, I expected some after seeing that the jackplate setup puts the motor mounting faceplate a good 12" aft of the transom. I am going to be messing around with the setup, but I suspect that removing the six inch spacer and putting the motor six inches closer might work out. But the hull itself was a very pleasant surprise. La Gringa also commented on it, several times. We are quite used to boating in chop, and the slamming pretty much goes along with it. This boat didn't slam. Not once.