But the real surprise came when we sailed the boat. We're told by the big-volume boatbuilders that 90 percent of their customers choose in-mast furling systems-one of Bill Lee's three Go-Slow Factors. (The other two are shoal keels and fixed props, especially the three-bladed ones.) For our test sail of the Hunter 41, we were treated to the pleasure of sailing with the standard, albeit rare, full-roach main-for which Hunter's three-point B&R rig is ideally suited. The standard rig for the 41 includes mast struts, affixed from the deck to a point on the mast just above the gooseneck. "I like the rig we sailed with today," said Steve. "The struts provide added structural support to the stick, like another set of mast partners higher up in the rig. They also give the crew on deck something to lean against, like mast pulpits." Hunter's other signature design element, the stainless-steel arch over the cockpit, served well to give the best sheeting position-from the end of the boom-while keeping the sheet out of the cockpit's living space. The judges lauded the work of Glenn Henderson, Hunter's in-house designer for the last few years. For details on the Beneteau 373, see "Best Value" on page 61. The Winner: The Belgian-built Etap 37s took the honors for its layout above and below deck, its attention to safety, and its sprightliness under way. Dane Somers, Etap's importer, describes the 37s thus: "She's designed for people who want to spend their time on the water, not at the dock."