Under sail, I was surprised to see how the 53, a 33,000-pound cruising boat that was equipped with an in-mast furling main and 135-percent genoa, performed in 8 to 10 knots of wind. With the sails slightly cracked off upwind, we cut a clean wake, and boat speed hovered in the 5.5- to 6-knot range. Not too shabby. I found the steering to be a little stiff, but the boat tracked well and fell into a nice, wide upwind groove. Both helm stations provide solid brace points, and visibility, both of the telltales and to leeward, was excellent. Speed and handling were similar when we reached off. The larger genoa provided a bit more punch than a nonoverlapping headsail would and helped to compensate for the adequate and easy in-mast furling main that's necessarily smaller than a conventional main. The Philippe Briand-designed hull was easily driven through the water, and the ability to fine-tune jib shape with the adjustable jib cars rewarded minimal effort with good light-air performance.