The Draco 22RS is tested to the limit in rough Solent seas
A grizzly westerly was blowing against a steaming tide, churning the Hurst narrows into a boiling cauldron of peaks and troughs for the little 22 to negotiate. And negotiate them it did, with real aplomb.
Landings were soft and controlled and the boat generally felt rock solid, even when landing hard off the back of steep waves.
The 200hp Yamaha is the perfect partner for the 22, delivering punchy performance and a wicked howl as it screams towards the top end of the rev range.
The rough weather limited our top speed somewhat as we managed just short of 40 knots on what, in reality, should be a 45-knot boat.
Mind you, achieving 38 knots into the teeth of this fierce chop is not to be sniffed at.
Despite the bowrider design the boat has good freeboard and a broad knuckle of rubbing strake to push water clear of hull.
The wet stuff only really made its way on board when the unrelenting breeze picked up spray and dumped it over the decks.