The Sabre 42 Express Hard Top rides on a modified V-hull, which ends in a deadrise of 16 degrees at the transom. The bottom is steep and fine forward, splitting waves into kindling and easing the way for the shallower after sections. Lifting strakes and chine flats add lift, and the latter enhance the boat's stability when she's at rest or at displacement speed. Nothing special here, just sound design, so I wasn't prepared for her handling prowess. The 42 accelerated briskly-not like a muscle boat, but quickly enough-and sprinted to a top speed of 34 knots. I turned sharply left and right, and then put the Express into a 360-degree turn at full throttle. The G-load surprised me, as the boat banked into the turn and carved a tight circle, losing only about 200 rpm. The boat simply digs in and hangs on in perfect control, even when I crossed our wake.