Having tested the boat in Florida, the first thing I appreciated about the Pilothouse helm was the air conditioning that manufactured a cool breeze as I idled the boat out of the marina, a task made easier with the Mercury joystick control. The inset multifunction displays at the helm proved easy to read and, from a standing position, I enjoyed good visibility through the tempered glass. While the 21-degree transom deadrise isn’t as sharp as the designs on comparable center console hulls I’ve tested, the 30 Pilothouse proved seaworthy in handling a tight bay chop, as well as several manufactured rollers. With the optional twin Mercury 350 Verados, I pushed this boat to a 56 mph top-end speed. At a 30 mph cruising speed, the boat handled lock-to-lock turns with aplomb. Thanks to Mercury’s Active Trim, the boat always kept an excellent attitude.