We took hull No. 1 from Marco Island, Florida, to Key West (about 80 nautical miles) in calm seas, and it ran like a dream. It actually handles very much like a go-cart in that when you turn the wheel, you get an instantaneous response. It doesn't bank gracefully into turns, but rather immediately alters direction, almost producing an angle in the water instead of an arc. And with the props and rudders spaced so far apart, this boat boasts incredible control and handling.
The 46 tops out at about 34 knots, turning 2,320 rpm and burning 73 gph. While that may sound like a lot, compare it with most any 46-foot monohull's fuel consumption and you'll be suitably impressed. I found the most economical cruising speed to be about 25 knots, which burned just over 34 gph total for a range in excess of 458 nm (figuring 90 percent usable capacity). At trolling speed (6 knots) the Black Pearl burns 3.6 gph. At that speed, the boat produces a remarkably clear wake - virtually all white water disappears by the second wave back.