Dry Hull Searider
I have made a kit to dry hull my 4.0 Searider and went testing yesterday. I must say I prefer the Searider with a dry hull.
The advantages in my opinion were :-
Sits higher in the water with less sea coming in to the boat when you are not moving (it was quite choppy)
Boat gets on to the plane much quicker and stays on the plane at much lower speeds. In rough sea at low speed it was easier to trim the front of boat high keeping the sea out and making it more comfortable for passengers.
I guess pulling people out of the sea with ski's attached to there feet will be a little easier too.
Boat was very easy to launch and recover and pulling up the slipway was easy without gallons of water gushing out the back of the boat.
The down side :-
Loss of rock solid stability when stationary
Overall - I would say if the boat is being used for pleasure its better with a dry hull. If it is being used for rescue work and pulling people out of the water then I would go for a wet hull.
I might get technical - Monday Dry, Tuesday Wet, Wednesday Dry, Thursday Wet.