I found wide-open throttle at 2,450 rpm is 28 knots. Other reports claim a top speed of 32 knots at 2,600 rpm. The boat has a nice, comfortable roll moment, and transitions are gentle rather than a snap. Left to its own devices, it drifts beam-to. I can’t get over the ride - that's where the Liberty 42 truly shines. The midrange speed, combined with a full 20-degree transom deadrise, extremely sharp entry, those prodigious chines and unique running strakes, makes for a deliciously pleasant ride. In seas running 2to 3 feet, I tried like the dickens to get some spray up on the helm. We had no curtains up, and no matter what we did, we never once took any spray.