Our sea-trial day found the winds southeast at about 5 knots, but with confused seas and the wind-against-tide conditions in the inlet, it was still ugly. Running through the inlet at a modest speed, the 46 stayed dry and smooth. At cruising speed, the noise level on the bridge was a respectable 82 decibels, thanks to the Caterpillar engines coupled to ZF pods with integral underwater exhaust. Of all the Jarrett Bay boats, this one turns more sharply than any pod-driven vessel I've run, with few apparent speed-related rotation limits. The boat backs down at 8 knots like an arrow, without a drop coming over the transom. With pods, you can also use the steering wheel to steer in reverse, just like in a car, or switch to using the throttles and gears like a standard propulsion rig. And finally, there's that incredible joystick that can move the boat in any direction — and I do mean any direction.