I love the opportunity to test a boat in real-world conditions, so the two- to three-footers, with an occasional four-footer thrown in just to keep us on our toes, were perfect for exploring the capabilities of the 720. She performed as expected and on a par with similar well-designed yachts. She rides on a traditional warped plane hull that terminates in a 12-degree deadrise at the stern. It is more suitable than a deep-V for a cruising boat like the 720, providing a good blend of seakeeping and load-carrying ability. Such hulls, however, can be a bit more sensitive to the larger waves, so when we took a couple of shots at top speed, it was neither unexpected nor a reflection on Ferretti, but simply a reality of physics. What did reflect well on Ferretti, however, was the fact that the boat didn't display a hint of noise, vibration or internal movement from the impact. It just kept on going about its business. Pulling back the throttles to a cruise of just over 28 knots at 2,100 rpm provided an easier ride, as well as fuel savings of more than 24 percent, something that may figure importantly into this summer's cruising plans if the fuel-price pundits are right.