About 1,000 board feet of mahogany planks went into building the 27 Sport, named Heartbeat, that sat against the dock next to the Cobalt, waiting to be tested. The hull bottom is actually a hybrid of wood and epoxy, which makes the boat completely watertight and prevents the wood from expanding and contracting as is so common with antique boats. Its tri-directional bottom is comprised of two layers of crisscrossed, one-quarter-inch-thick mahogany planks and an outer layer of longitudinally laid planks. This technique means that, on the ownership end, the boat will no longer be what we’ve come to expect from wood: a time-intensive labor of love, or just a royal pain in the ass. The materials, as I was about to find out, also make a big difference in the on-water comparison with fiberglass.