So when Curt Stevens, president of the Marine Group offered me a ride, I accepted in a heartbeat. Since the Chesapeake Bay waters were relatively calm on the day of our ride, once I cleared the No Wake area I immediately pushed the throttles to their stops. Twin 225 hp Mercury Verado four-strokes put the lightly loaded boat on plane in a little over three seconds and rewarded me with 47-knot top speeds. Pulling the throttles back to 3000 rpm, I put the Southport 28 through a series of gradual and sharp turns, searching for some hint of chine tripping, untoward rolling or loss of control. There was none. Next I throttled up and went in search of steep-sided wakes from fast-moving commercial ships or large motoryachts in the area. When I did find them, the Southport 28 displayed an awesome ability to part waves quickly, lift gradually and reenter without slamming. I felt like a skateboard hotshot in the movie Lords of Dogtown.