With help from Bluewater Yacht Sales in Mobile, Alabama, we picked a perfect day for a real-life boat test. An approaching cold front, a strong north wind and a full-moon tide dropped the water level and blew what remained into a respectable chop. Regardless, we were able to skirt the shallows and zip into nearby Perdido Bay. With its aggressive entry paired with a 20-degree deadrise at the transom, the 22-footer devoured the chop like it was a king cake at Mardi Gras. We stayed dry at every heading, and the boat’s heft ably punched through the building waves. At rest, even in a beam sea, the boat remained stable despite shifting loads. A knee-high cockpit coaming pad and stainless-steel toe rails add to the security.