Although it wasn’t rough enough to really get the full idea of the ride quality Spencer hulls are known for, I could tell the boat rode well as we clipped along at 32 knots in a 3- to 4-foot quartering sea with a 5-foot wave sneaking in at times. We were turning 1,700 rpm and burning 100 gph as Capt. Eddy Wheeler added just enough trim tab to bring down the bow to soften the ride but not throw water on the bridge in these conditions. Occasionally, that bigger wave would come along, and there would be a slight hull slap because the bow was up. All that was needed to prevent the slap was a little extra tab down. I like the range and options you have to control the bow when running a Spencer — you don’t have to add much, if any, tab, and the bow rides high and proud, keeping you dry. If you want to get somewhere in a hurry and use all your speed, start adding tab until the sharp bow entry gives you a comfortable, but sometimes expected, wet ride. With a little fine-tuning, you can find that happy medium with the tabs, and you get all three: dry, fast and comfortable. What I found interesting about the little hull slap we did have on the 28-mile run out was it did not sound any different then the wood Spencer boats I’ve been on. Wheeler has run five other wood Spencers and now has more than 350 hours on this boat. He didn’t notice any difference either and says he is very happy with the boat’s ride, feel and performance.