The panel loved Vermeulen's vision of a convertible catamaran with a hard top and soft sides, to say nothing of the boat's exceptional craftsmanship and performance. In the blink of an eye, the zippered roll-down curtains change the bridgedeck from an open patio into an enclosed cockpit and vice versa. "The midship wheel inside is an interesting solution to the steering problem," remarked Bill, referring to common designs that range from bulkhead-mounted helm stations to those found at the exposed aft end of some boats. The Maine Cat's helm is situated centrally in the cockpit, with horizontal 360-degree visibility. Steve found "so much that is right, really high-class modern construction, and first-class equipment. It handles extremely well." Alvah commended stainless-steel work, four-bolted stanchion bases, and handholds. "It was well made, comfortable, and easy to sail, and there were very good workstations, all logically separated. Everything was labeled, and it all worked well." Tom loved the spacious galley in the port hull. "Very easy to work, a lot of storage, eye-level refrigerator, four-burner stove, microwave, two sinks, both really deep and square. Like being at home."