The result is an interesting combination of head-sea ability, a bone-dry ride, good stability in a beam sea, and a hull that wants to get out and on top of the water quickly upon acceleration. In 2- to 3-foot seas, the 52 proved a good ride, whether trolling, drifting or running full bore. At full speed, she lifts out of the water and rides the surface well, without any noticeable pounding in the admittedly small swells we encountered on our test day.
This top-of-the-water attitude makes the 52 not only fast, but economical as well. Fishing hull No. 2 off Stuart, Florida, we pushed her 8V MTUs to their top end of 2,450 rpm and hit a respectable 34 knots. At that speed, she consumed a reasonable 80 gallons per hour. At a fast cruise speed of 31 knots at 2,200, she drinks 70 gph for an approximate range of 360 nautical miles. Of course, a more conservative cruise would yield a better range.