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The Hull Differences Of Building A Wooden Speed Boat

Whenever you are going to undertake Building Wood Boats, the initial thing you want to determine is the use of the boat. Maybe a multipurpose boat is what you may need, in which case it would not be particularly made for any one particular function, but will perform well as a fishing boat, speed boat and leisure boat. Remember, it won't perform as well as a wooden speed boat that's especially made for that objective alone.

Generally speaking, the method in which you utilize to build a wooden speed boat won't vary too much from other wooden boats you have constructed. Where it will differ is within the design.

Understanding Planing Hulls

You will often hear the 0 'Deep V' or 'Moderate V'. These 0 essentially describe the degrees of the "V" at the transom. The 0 are not interchangeable they're different hulls. A true 'Deep V' hull will have 20 to 24 degrees of V at the transom while a Moderate V hull is one with about 20 degrees of V at the transom. Some builders and designers may also incorporate V hulls which are less than twenty degrees but greater than 16. Suffice to say that a hull with a V at the transom of twenty degrees or more can be safely categorized being a deep V and probably should not be deemed a extended distance or cruising boat.

Virtually all planing wooden hulls are single chine configuration and most have 'chine flats' or 'planing chines' and occasionally 'planing strakes' that help with getting onto, and sustaining the planing attitude. Most builders will agree that chine flats are desirable on all planing craft. However, intermediate planing strakes may not advantageous if your wooden speed boat will not be traveling more quickly than 30 knots. Planing chines or flats, will begin with a small flat near the bow, which will steadily increase in width to the widest point just aft of amidship and will keep this width through the stern. The downward cant throughout its duration will establish the efficiency of the 'chine flat'.

Deep V hulls perform well at higher speeds in rough water. This performance tends to make them excellent racing boats. While most deep V wooden speed boats are made to travel from about 30-35 knots, some more advanced speed boats can comfortably reach speeds as much as 50 knots.

Planing hulls, deep V hulls are really well-liked designs in the event you like to feel the speed and are prepared to equip it using an engine that will facilitate the speed, at a high fuel cost I might add.

In case you are planning on working your boat at low speeds, you will not be happy with the overall performance of a wooden boat with a deep V hull; the bow wave may be most disagreeable to the rider.

The most significant factor in planing hull effectiveness is excess weight, specifically the amount of weight per square foot of hull bottom. For this reason a wooden speed boat's cockpit will probably be quite scant as to not add weight. Even though they are comfortable for the most part, the principal function is to fulfill your need for speed, not luxury.

An ideal location to boat at higher speeds is Lake Coeur d'Alene. You can take your custom wood speed boat from Spokane over to the lake and open it up with little restriction. However, traveling far on the waterways won't be one of the most comfortable thing you have ever done.

For more information about owning a classic wooden speed boat, contact our Sales Center @ 866.525.3232 or via email pauln@hagadonemarine.com. For restoration services contact the Resort Boat Shop @ 208-667-5099 or via email eobrien@hagadonemarine.com. You can also visit us on the web @ www(dot)hagadonemarine(dot)com

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