THE OPERATOR WAS TRYING to get us wet. Maybe not at first, but it didn't take long for a dousing to become his goal on a rolling two- to three-foot sea. A glint of mischief in his eye, Alexander Marine's Jerry Wheeler drove the Carver C40 Command Bridge into a head sea from his perch on the covered but open flybridge, I in the companion captain's chair next to him, and yet we remained dry.
Our damp factor was kept at zero thanks in large part to the C40's plumb bow, which carries the hard chine and spray rail far forward where they can knock down water before it has a chance to evade the hull's defenses. That bow design also opens up the interior volume in the forward stateroom, which we'll get to.
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