A quick word about our 25-foot-7-inch Ribcraft (www.ribcraftusa.com), which was expertly operated for the sailing portion of our trials by the company's very capable Tripp St. Clair. There's no way we could've arrived for our respective appointments in any better style, even if we did at times more closely resemble a boatload of Navy SEALs or a waterborne SWAT team than the boat reviewers, editors, and judges we actually were. This Ribcraft was loaded, with a full suite of electronics, an onboard intercom system, carbon-fiber H2 suspension seats, underwater lights, and more. We boarded one European entry whose manufacturer's representative greeted us with very wide eyes. "You guys on that boat have kind of scared me," he said. To which BOTY judge Ed Sherman, without missing a beat, deadpanned, "You have every right to be very frightened."