Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the Friday of sailboat-show weekend in Annapolis, the judges visited six sailboats a day, rain (it did) or shine until the show wrapped up on Monday. Along the docks, a "Judging in Process" banner would announce their presence on a sailboat, which the builder closed to the public for more than an hour while the four went to work crawling into bilges, lockers, and engine rooms and inspecting behind electrical panels. Stacey assessed livability, and Ed reviewed systems. Alvah spent a lot of time on deck looking for sharp edges, troublesome line leads, and obstructions that could pose problems in harsh conditions at sea. Peter inspected such construction details as woodwork joinery, the hull/deck joint, bulkhead tabbing, and hull grids.