The overall level of finish found aboard the Stellar 52 is top-notch. Tight joints, intricate shapes, and carefully applied varnish indicate an investment in labor hours that we don’t often see on today’s production boats, and this observation extends beyond the realm of woodwork. The same care in execution is evident in the plumbing and wiring as well as in the hard-to-get-at nooks and crannies of the bilge, where bulkhead tabbing and chainplate reinforcement reside. Take, for example, the carefully laminated installation of the fore-and-aft stringers, a feature that’s a vital part of hull integrity. They may not display the varnished glamour of a fancy saloon table, but it’s nice to see that quality-minded craftsmen build both tables and structural stringers.