The only real issue with the 288 Vista is its anchor setup. Although such competitors as the Regal have a flat area to step on around the pulpit, and a notch that serves as a seat, the 288 Vista's foredeck slopes down to the pulpit, making it harder to drop and haul anchor in rough seas. Also, I could barely fit my arm through the access plate to the rode locker, making it difficult to deal with tangles. On the plus side, the 288 Vista's foredeck has a fairly shallow curvature, so the slope isn't overwhelming, and its surface is entirely nonslip, compared with the centerline-only nonslip strips found on other cruisers. Plus, the molded-in stairs leading to the bow are fantastic-easy to navigate when going up and when returning.