At our no-wake speed and in the strong, gusty wind, Avery M seemed to have a mind of her own. Lotuff said that the helmsman has to anticipate the effects of wind and current and steer accordingly. Out in Vineyard Sound, short, steep seas of three to four feet greeted us, but Lotuff simply opened the throttles and sped toward open water. At 32 knots the boat was astonishingly dry in those conditions, shipping spray only when we quartered the wind and seas. I took the helm and discovered that, upwind and down, she held her course, needing very little steering input. She rode as smoothly as anyone could wish and felt solid, planted, as though she'd been carved from a single block of wood. She leaned predictably into the turns, maintaining a large percentage of the entry speed, and hung onto the radius until I steered out of the corner. Expect a top speed of 38 knots at 5,000 rpm. The low-profile trunk cabin and height of the bridge deck gave me excellent sight lines, helped by the shallow running angle.