For all the natural light that bathes the interior, I’m one who prefers to run a boat in the open air, and if I owned the 53, I would work from the flying bridge helm station 99 percent of the time. Luckily, it’s well suited to bringing the party upstairs. The helm station sits to port behind a reverse-raked windshield, and from here it was, truthfully, much easier to monitor the small boats that dodged around us, blissfully unaware. What I loved most about the flying bridge, though, was the large sun lounge to starboard of the helm. The cushions run seamlessly aft along the starboard side into a dinette, and then aft to another sun lounge that takes advantage of the extended bridge. To escape the sun, the arch supports a hardtop with a retractable fabric roof. The entire aft area of the bridge is protected by a safety rail that runs almost waist high — a height that is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing.