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Old 11 June 2006, 07:44   #1
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Effect of hull shape on speed

Looking at the "speed survey" thread it is interesting to see the variations. In other words quite a few of you b&ggers are faster than me with a similar boat size/hp

I think some of it may be due to the prop (only a 17" prop on at the moment though a 19" is on order) but - how much difference does something like whether the hull is a shallow or deep V make? From what I have read in the few months I have been on here, it seems that hulls are either optimised for rough water (deep V) or speed (shallow V) and juggling the two is a bit of a trade off, but how much difference does it actually make in terms of knots? 5kt? 10kt? 2kt?

Just curious really, rough water is the dominant requirement for this part of the world anyway so no plans to change as the Humber seems to be the right sort of design for the conditions here - I have been out in something with a fairly shallow V hull and it was like going back to leaf springs

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how much difference does something like whether the hull is a shallow or deep V make?
I'm thinking pretty substantial. A shallow V will plane better (so should be faster for a given power input), but will pound more in swell or chop.

Also, I believe that beam makes a pretty big difference, too. Narrower boats will be faster than wider ones.

Guesswork on my part, though.

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Me too. I should have made the question more explicit I suppose.

Say for instance you had a 5.8m rib weighing about 600kg typical weight (ahem, a wee bit more with me on it ) with 115 hp on the back, mine does about 35kt, would a shallow V hull in that sort of size/weight/hp be expected to do 40, or 50, or ???
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i know from an engineering friend that some boats have hull speeds
ie a raggi with a 20/30 footer and a small 40hp engine may not acheive any more with a 50hp due to the hull shape,sometimes it takes a big jump to take you to the next level, if the hull can take it,not sure how to apply that theory to ribs...
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I think that only applies to displacement speeds or displacement hulls-planing is a different matter?
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I think that only applies to displacement speeds or displacement hulls-planing is a different matter?
That is correct as a displacement hull is unable to rise over the bow wave it makes.

For the ones who like numbers it is
1.34 X the Square Root of the Boat's Waterline Length.

But for a hull that plains me thinks the results of the 5.5-6m speed debate show there are many more
variables to be taken into account to work out what your theoretical top speed is.
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One might be whether you take the tide into account!
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Hull shape is everything.
That's why all the lazy tossers without either the skill or knowledge to design their own just nick someone elses.
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Hull shape is everything.
That's why all the lazy tossers without either the skill or knowledge to design their own just nick someone elses.
and they also do a range of clothing!
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Are they splashproof?
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