Kenny Walker's million-candlepower grin was a welcome sight on the sunny Ontario mornings. He and his wife, Kathy, gave every indication of being on top of the world as they walked down the dock. And it was easy to see the reason, as I admired their newly commissioned Antares 44i, Mer Soleil. They couldn't wait to soak up all the information presented at PDQU before leaving on their first cruise to check out their new, shiny cat. They waited for the Erie Canal to open on August 19 before quickly making their way to Annapolis for their daughter's birthday in September. Aside from getting stuck in New York City as Tropical Storm Ernesto blew through, they had a smooth, uneventful passage. Kenny says he found the instruction at PDQU very useful, as his last boat was a Catalina 28, which he and Kathy sailed on Lake Hefner, near their home in Oklahoma City. They'd chartered in the Caribbean, and even in Ontario and Texas, before deciding to go cruising full time and starting the boat search that culminated in the decision to buy the Antares 44i. They were still figuring out all the systems when they got to Annapolis, but they had a real head start over trying to figure it all out alone. Mer Soleil is a big boat for them and was a little intimidating to handle at first; again, the instruction helped a lot.