The new Zumwalt (DDG-1000)-class destroyers present the ship-handler with challenges and advantages very different from traditional combatants. Once these differences are understood and mastered, the Zumwalts perform well, especially for ships of their size, and are a joy to drive. As a weapons officer and plank owner assigned to the Zumwalt, I hope this article will serve as a reference for future sailors in the class. It is based on sea trials in Bath, Maine, and our first months of operations. With the Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) and Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002) joining the fleet soon, the shiphandling debates and collegial competition that typically energize wardrooms will, I hope, benefit from this experience.