At times, when reviewing a new boat, it takes something startling and unexpected to put the experience in its proper perspective. Such an "aha" instant occurred for me shortly after taking the wheel of the Moorings 5800 last fall during sea trials on Chesapeake Bay. From my second-story perch on the vast flybridge of the 58-footer, though the view was expansive, for some reason I'd failed to notice the J/22 we were overtaking when we'd swapped drivers and I'd assumed the helm. But suddenly, the smaller boat was abeam, and its masthead was almost precisely at eye level. It was a strange, even unsettling perspective. Then, looking down, I noted the expression of shock and awe on the face of the sailor at the tiller. He seemed far, far away. For a brief moment, it felt as if I were at the controls not of a sailboat, but of a helicopter.