I jumped aboard during a brief layover at the Marine Max dealership in Sarasota, Florida. The conditions for a real-world test were perfect, with gusty winds and a serious chop on the bay. True to its rugged New England heritage, the ride was solid, soft and stable, as you’d expect from a heavier, foam-filled hull. The triple Mercury Verado power plant provided impressive acceleration, and the bow settled quickly for an unhindered view of the horizon. Handling was nice and easy as well, thanks to the standard power steering and the optional Mercury Joystick control. The Smartcraft VesselView display gives the operator comprehensive control of the boat’s operating systems.