The PHRF rating has ranged between 81 and 87, with the New England number settling in at 84. This rating applies either to a Quest 30 with no water ballast and seven crew, or to one equipped with water ballast and four crew. Significant triumphs in more than a few competitive New England PHRF championships over the course of the past year, not to mention David Scully’s respectable 21-day Atlantic crossing last June in the Europe 1 Star singlehanded race from Plymouth, England, to Newport, Rhode Island, aboard the Quest 30 Hot Glue Gun, point to a solid design with a real appetite for fast passage making.We sailed hull number one out of Newport, equipped with a deep bulb and side water ballast tanks. This type of movable and expendable water ballast should not be confused with the flooding water ballast used aboard the current spate of trailerable pocket cruisers in which the water is flooded into a central-axis cavity low in the bottom of the boat. In those boats, there is no shifting of water from side to side and there is no deep permanent ballast for added righting and security against capsize. By contrast, the Quest is configured in the fashion of a state-of-the-art singlehanded world-girdler, with sophisticated, albeit simple, gravity feed plumbed between the outboard tanks, and substantial fixed ballast at the bottom of a real keel.