I got to jump aboard the 46.1 in both locations, and up front, I’ll admit our test sails did not involve a hands-on inspection of the open-air galley described above. But what they did include were chances to experience a couple of quite enjoyable spells at the helm. On Chesapeake Bay, in about 10 knots of breeze with the 107 percent genoa unfurled, we tacked upwind at 7.6 knots. Cracked off to a reach, with the code zero set, our speed hovered right around 9 knots. On and off the wind, the twin wheels felt silky smooth, sheets were close at hand and there was plenty of room in the back of the cockpit to move from side to side. “On this boat, they’ve got twin rudders, and they certainly answered adequately,” noted judge Tim Murphy.