For this year's Yachting rally, our staff spent countless hours talking with yacht designers, builders and dealers to learn the details about their latest products. Our goal was to present a representative sampling of what we discovered for those of you who did not have the opportunity to see them personally at this year's Miami International Boat Show. For each of the two days we spent on the water, the Rally caused an impromptu boat parade that seemed to create its own critical mass, drawing a steady stream of recreational and commercial vessels. By sticking to one stretch of the ICW, basically between Government Cut and Biscayne Bay, we were inadvertently conducting a sort of focus group-observing the rhythms of one of the world's most blessed boating communities. As we jockeyed to put editors aboard and then to take photographs, we danced with party boats, tugboats, cruise ships, big sportfishing yachts and tidy center consoles, and of course those peculiar tourist craft Florida seems to specialize in (our favorite: the fake tall ship whose masts were spot-welded onto what looked like an LST). Eventually we took to voting favorites of the boats that caught our eye. One winner was a large Sea Ray whose bow sunpad was packed with women in their thirties, totally relaxed while their boyfriends and/or husbands manned the flying bridge above them. In their unselfconscious way, these friends were validating the Sea Ray's design-and having a great time doing it.