In the months since, we've encountered all sorts of conditions, ranging from flat calms to small gales. Ocean Watch has performed flawlessly across the board. On the trip north from Mexico, our average speed was less than 5 knots, and we were pushing hard. These days, with her new Lugger Marine diesel engine, she makes a steady 7.5 knots under power in a moderate seaway at a very efficient 1500 rpm. Under sail, with her new suit of canvas from Carol Hasse's Port Townsend Sails loft (and a revamped rig, including a new mast track to replace the former in-mast furling mainsail), we've made speeds of nearly 10 knots when close-reaching in 15 knots of wind. Honestly, it's like we have a brand-new boat.