After running along in a following sea, I lazily spun the wheel and put the bow of the new Viking 52C into the long, deep and low ocean swell. The early morning sun, now red and leaning toward orange, cast a shimmering path out to the horizon. The gaudy and colorful skyline of Atlantic City, New Jersey, back-dropped by fair-weather clouds in a blue sky, began to shrink behind me as I headed offshore. I took a glance at the well-positioned — and quite beautiful — Release Marine teak center-console helm station, taking particular note, as is my habit when running any boat, of the engine and systems parameters, including revolutions per minute, rate of speed and gallons per hour. All was in order, and the instruments told the rest of the story: 1,750 rpm, 31.5 knots, 76 gph.