Hull number one, Copeing, is a stunning example of the yacht builder's art. She was offloaded at Port Everglades in the spring, and christened during the Palm Beach Boat Show. When I saw her in September in Baltimore Harbor, her gelcoat was perfect, a brilliant white with molded planking stripes that sparkled and gleamed in the sun. "That's the way it came out of the mold," said Ray Cope. "The builders spent weeks prepping the mold before the hull lay-up began, and the resulting finish is flawless." With five huge forward windows, three of which have oversize wipers, and long windows along both sides of the pilothouse, the Outer Reef 65 has excellent visibility from the lower helm. Though Ray says that he and Susan primarily operate from the flying bridge, they were not convinced that a hardtop was what they wanted; like most cruisers they had some concerns about the weight it might add up high. Given the yard's successes with cored fiberglass, as well as the protection the hardtop offered them coming up the Atlantic Coast this spring and summer, they are delighted with their decision to add it.