"The long-waterline, wide-wedged design of this boat intrigued me from a performance standpoint," said BOTY judge Ralph Naranjo, describing his first impressions. But, as he said, the 525 isn't a raceboat. The boat's displacement-to-length ratio of 174 puts it squarely in the middle of the pack, where seakindliness begins to trump light-air performance: The 525 is 80 points heavier than a Santa Cruz 37 and 80 points lighter than an Island Packet 460. Closehauled in 8 or 9 knots of breeze, we sailed the 525 at 6.5 knots. Under power at 7.5 knots, it was among the quietest quarter of the fleet, thanks in part to its slower-turning Volvo diesel.