Though the Dock & Go system is a game changer, during our dockside visit and subsequent sea trials, I learned that it was just one reason for applause. The sailboat’s overall layout was another way in which the Sense 50 stood apart and was ultimately judged to be 2011’s Best Full-Size Cruiser, 50 to 55 Feet. (See Boat of the Year coverage in CW’s January 2011 issue.) The judges liked the boat’s deep, low, wide-open cockpit that includes twin wheels and helm seats that hinge up and out of the way. At anchor, they agreed, the seating area would function like a sun deck for the crew. And while the space was comfortable and seaworthy under sail, the judge’s sole complaint concerned a lack of footholds to brace yourself when heeled.