It would have taken us awhile, but I'm confident we could have slogged through the waves to reach Bimini none the worse for wear. The 35's hull design starts with an aggressive 50-degree bow entry and transitions to a12-degree pad before increasing again to 24 degrees at the stern. Jefferson Yachts has a long, successful history of building boats, and they took full advantage of that experience to fine-tune the 35. They started with a full-size running plug and tweaked from there. I'd say they got it right. Despite the seas, we straddled most of the crests, and re-entry was solid, sure and dry except for the occasional wind-blown mist. Noticeably absent were the telltale creaks and shudders that indicate inferior builds.