I sailed that boat when it was undergoing sea trials. The Derek M... is hull
#2 was commissioned for Randy Repass, better known as the founder of West Marine
There were steering
issues the day I was at the helm
, so it was hard to get a feel for the boat. But it was pretty incredible to have that amount of waterline on such a lightweight ketch. The boat is so fast that even downwind can end up being upwind. The boat accelerates more like a catamaran
than a monohull
. When you grab a puff, you don't heel--you just zoom.