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With 20-knot winds and 5-foot waves making things rough in the waters off Ft. Lauderdale, PassageMaker's John Wooldridge joined GB yacht designer Earl Alfaro for a spirited sea trial aboard the new 53RP. "I was attacking the wave fronts at a moderate angle, then steering for better control on the far side, and the 53RP responded very quickly to my course changes," writes Wooldridge in his recent account of the experience.

"Lesser boats might have wallowed and slammed their way through challenging conditions like this, but the solid feel and nimble handling made this test ride a confidence-building exercise. The same can be said for our ride down wave, as I throttled back to keep pace with the conditions, and steered lightly to let the hull form and molded keel track precisely where I wanted to be."

Wooldridge, editor-in-chief of PassageMaker, goes on to take a very close look at how the 53RP was conceived, designed and built - and, of course, how she performs.

The verdict?

Click here to read the full article.

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