Our Boat of the Year tests were conducted on a more languid Chesapeake Bay day in winds that plateaued at around 10 knots. Even then, the combination of the big square-topped main and roller-furling gennaker provided plenty of payload, powering the surprisingly nimble cat at almost 7 knots upwind and 7.5 slightly cracked off. And steering the boat from the elevated perch on the flybridge, so far removed from the water, was an otherworldly experience — it seemed as if we were floating on air. Behind the wheel, I felt like a blimp pilot, and I mean that as a sincere compliment.
But enjoyable sailing is only one of the boat’s objectives, and for some owners, I’d imagine, it won’t even be the primary one. This is a yacht aboard which you could throw three or even four parties in different spaces at the same time, and none of the guests at any of them would be forced to commingle.