No matter how aesthetically pleasing the new Liberty 45 walkaround appears, its beauty pales in comparison to its performance. Running out of Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach, Florida, when it's blowing a steady 30 knots from the northwest is never a good idea. With the Gulf Stream pushing steadily north right offshore, a north wind makes for one rip-roaring, wind-against-current ride. Out of consideration for the owner's new boat, I stayed close enough to shore to slug it out with the relatively minor three- to five-foot seas. In those attenuated conditions, I found that the Liberty trolls and drifts in a beam sea with the stability of a cement barge. Heading up-sea, the razor-sharp bow cut into the waves perfectly, providing a smooth ride. And the same oversized chines that make this boat so stable knocked down the spray to the point that even in the winds, we never got a drop on the EZ2CY enclosure - remarkable.