Marlena's new captain, Mel Matherne, made quick work of dockside maneuvers using the wing stations on either side of the flybridge aft bulkhead. They provide clear views of both sides of the vessel for tight quarters. After pulling away from the slip at Star Island Yacht Club, we exited Lake Montauk and headed toward the open -Atlantic. As the boat powered up, it seemed to respond slowly to the throttles, until I looked down at the GPS and realized we were making 28 knots! The big MTUs are remarkably quiet, owing to the underwater exhaust system and an intricate complex of sound deadening materials and engine isolators. The quietness, combined with the sheer size of the vessel, masks the perception of speed. That kind of performance and fuel economy for a vessel of this magnitude is a testament to the engineers and builders. With the throttles pushed to 2,470 rpm, Marlena slipped through the 2- to 4-foot sea at an impressive 38 knots, burning 220 gph.