We tested the boat on a windy Chesapeake Bay afternoon, with northerly winds gusting into the low 20s, and the retractable bow thruster was very useful leaving the tight slip. A performance package with taller rig, better sails, a folding prop and so on is available, but we sailed the standard package and it was just fine. Upwind, with a reefed main and a couple turns on the furling jib, we managed just under 7 knots hard on the breeze and just over that number when we cracked off on a reach. There are twin wheels and dual rudders, and the steering could not have been sweeter. You just wanted to drive and drive some more.