I had the chance to run the 33 ST twice and came away really liking the boat after both sessions. This past New Year's Day I ran the boat with Neber's son, Matthew, in Miami, Florida. On that windy South Beach morning, we shuffled down Biscayne Bay at a brisk clip as the 33 ST slid across the tops of the short, steep chop without any banging or pounding - and we stayed dry, which was a bonus with the chilly nor'wester. An accomplished angler and boatman, Matthew ran the boat through its paces before turning the wheel over to me. I really liked the feel of the boat through the speed ranges, and even in a sharp turn, where some stepped-hull boats do strange things, the 33 ST clung to the water as I both decelerated and then, as we came straight, accelerated. The other thing I noticed was her quick-to-plane time. Some stepped hulls do not aerate properly, creating a suction that keeps them from getting on plane, but the 33 ST showed no sign of this characteristic.