The Right Boat Hull For Your New Boat

First, let's understand what a boat hull really does and what types of hulls there are to choose from. The obvious purpose is to protect you from getting wet! It's the basic boat structure that sits in the water. These structures can greatly effect how the boat rides over waves and also how comfortable your passengers are. There are four basic categories to consider for consumer level boat hulls:

1) Jonboats or Flat-Bottom Hulls - These boats travel across the tops of the waves. They do not cut into the water like the other hulls. This allows for less drag and the boat will move fast. The hull performance is dependent on the height and choppiness of the waves. It can be sometimes be a little rougher ride to travel across the open water in high winds. When fishing, anchoring is recommended to keep your position. Flat-Bottom Hulls are not preferable for deeper water and/or high wind conditions. These hulls work great for the 1'-3' waves.

2) V-Hulls - The “V” refers to the view when looking straight down the front of the boat. These hulls vary from a Shallow-V (better for shallower water) to a Deep-V. A Deep-V hull sits further in the water for a larger draft. In deeper and open water it’s preferable to have a longer boat with a deeper “V” with higher gunwales (The upper edge of a boat's sides). These attributes create better riding performances in larger waves and also leads to a drier ride for your passengers.

3) Multi-Hulls - Defines boats that have Dual-Hulls (Catamaran Boats) or Tri- Hulls (Deck Boats). Depending on the depth of the hull, Catamarans can work well on open water trips. Tri-Hulls are used on Deck Boats. The advantage of these types of hulls is that they cut the water and the hull also lifts over the waves using air pressure created within the Multiple-Hull design. Deck boats are very popular because they travel over shallow water, they offer space for groups of people and work great for trips out to the sandbars. Deck Boats are not preferable for deeper water and/or high wind conditions. These hulls work great for the 1'-3' waves.

4) Round or Displacement Hulls - These types of hulls are used on trawlers and sailboats. These are especially useful for coasting through the water. They are very cost efficient.

Along with the category of the hull, there are also 3 important factors when deciding on the type of hull: 1) Cost, 2) Performance and 3) the space needed (length/width).

The budget will determine the cost. The performance will be determined by the type of water you will travel on. If you’re planning on boating across large areas of open/deep water then you'll want to look at a "V" shaped hull. As long as you stay closer to shore a Flat Bottom boat should work great. If you plan on Deep Sea Fishing then you’ll want to look at boats with a Deep-V. If you would rather take larger groups out on the water then you should consider a Deck Boat. Remember to also take into account the length of a boat hull. If you are boating on a day with heavier waves then a longer/heavier hull will help cut through the water without lifting the boat out of the water in-between larger waves. This allows for the boat to travel faster and you’ll be able to get to your destination quicker. Our recommendation would be to research a hull longer than 20ft if you plan on riding to deeper water locations.

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