With Albemarle in the hands of Harrell's grandson, senior vice president Burch Perry, expect more of the same as far as quality boats, as well as a voice on the phone to talk to when you need it. I got to test the 360 XF out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a blustery winter day with 20- to 25-knot north-northwest winds producing a rolling sea offshore. I'm a huge IPS fan, having run and fished a number of different hulls with the innovative drives, and I was eager to feel the 360 XF and test its performance with the pods. As I pushed the throttles up, the 360 XF slid to plane with little effort and took off running like a horse stung by a bee. I had to pull it back to lope out the cut, and as I ran it offshore toward the live-bait fleet, I got a good sense for its down-sea and quartering ride. It clipped along with little stall falling off the seas and produced only a bit of spray when tacking offshore to the northeast. It handled the head sea well, as expected, plus it turned and reacted to the trim tabs very well.