When we tested the boat in 8 knots of wind in flat water, it sailed beautifully. Its waterline beam keeps its tacking angles on the wide side, but downwind, with the asymmetric kite, the boat really jumps to life. An asymmetric spinnaker has a way of sweetening any sailing experience, and this one is no different. At 196 square feet, its big enough to put some sizzle into the run home, and small enough for a junior sailor to handle easily. With a high clew, its easy to jibe (and see to leeward), and with spinnaker wells on either side of the cockpit, its easy to set and douse. Without a doubt, the Nomad is a fun boat to sail, so Ames nailed that part of the equation. But drawing hull lines is often the easy part of designing a recreational day sailer--dealing with all the stuff inside requires some ingenuity. In the Nomads case, ample seating and storage were the priorities. Because of the boats width and length, the cockpit has tons of leg and elbow room for four adults, or your average American clan (2.5 kids and the family dog).