Our standard mono hulls are deep vee hulls designed for an excellent ride in offshore conditions. We use a flooding keel or water ballast cavity which gives great stability at rest, and a solid feel similar to a much heavier boat. The keel is designed for rapid drainage so the boat pops onto the plane just like a conventional design. In very rough conditions a specially designed flap in the transom can be closed to keep the ballast in for a smoother ride.
Importantly when talking deep vees, our quoted vee or deadrise angle is the real or effective deadrise angle, measured to the outer corner of the chine.
Our bow shapes are different to the majority of aluminium boat designs currently on the market. Many plate aluminium kit boats have a forefoot which is both deep and sharply vee’d, which when combined with a relatively low deadrise shape aft is a recipe for broaching downwind. At best this can make steering the boat difficult, and at worst can be highly dangerous in bar crossings or very rough seas.
Our hull shapes are essentially the opposite of the above. We use a generous radius to the bow in profile and a well raked stem. This is combined with a gentle upward sweeping chine giving a hull shape which can still happily punch through chop, but will give lots of dynamic lift at the bow in following seas, rather than dig in and broach.
We run moderate sized reverse chines which keep spray down, without the pounding and harsh ride that comes with chines that are both too big, and have too much reverse angle. We also run carefully designed lower spray strakes to peel off some of the spray before it climbs further up the hull, which both increases fuel efficiency and helps keep spray down.
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- Water Ballast
- Reverse chines
- Spray Strakes