Each judge, by inclination and expertise, focused on certain areas during the one-hour dockside inspections and the 90-minute sea trials. Steve checked construction and performance, while Bill calibrated pricing and examined engine access as well as electrical and bilge systems. Alvah, the safety maven, scrutinized deck flow, handholds, workstation ergonomics, anchor systems, and emergency steering. Tom looked at creature comforts: engine noise, storage, livability, galley design. Alongside these specific tasks, of course, each judge kept one eye on the boat's general purpose, feel, and execution. Final deliberations among the four brought their individual impressions together into a single picture.