Originally Posted by dverstege
Correct me if I’m wrong but it seems like Ribs that do not have the sponsons touching the water are faster, probably handles like a narrow fiberglass, and the sponsons only are used at slow speed or large waves.
This would say also that sponsons touching the water are slower but more stable.
Does this also mean that sponsons can’t take the punishment the faster high performance boats dish out?
Thats something like I was trying to say.
But surely you can design a boat that has the tubes touching the water at rest but out of the water on the move. This would provide the best of both worlds. And from my experience the Avon Searider, Avon seasport and all RIBCRAFTs do this. People with other boats can post their own feelings.
However I do know of a boat that I have used that has tubes out of the water at rest and its got really bad handling at displacement speeds. It weaved all over the place. Luckily for you its a UK only boat.