Running for protected water, Cobalt technician Rich Shadduck and I left the windward launch ramp and skipped smoothly over the rough stuff. We would've tested in the main body if I could've held the pencil still enough to jot down numbers. What I loved right off was the solid sound of hull meeting water. No drumming, thumping or creaking. Inside the factory, we saw craftsmen expertly lay up the seven-layer hull, overlapping at the keel for a 14-layer keel. The process included a spray core layer for added strength and silence. Every bubble was meticulously rolled out by hand with a touch so practiced it looked easier than I knew it was.