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The Hull Truth: SeaVee Z
SeaVee's stepped-hull boats provide sure handling in a variety of sea conditions. For a complete performance report of the 390-Z, look for our test during 2014.
Case Study: Four Winns' Stable-Vee and Split Chines
Four Winns engineers are quick to point out that the new SL262 is not a deck boat. It looks like it could be a cathedral hull, riding on three points of entry. But those exaggerated sponsons on the outside of the running surface are called split chines. Most runabouts have chines (those big lips deep in the hull upon which the boat lifts) just not... so big. Here's the kicker: The SL262 doesn't ride on them. They're out of the water when the boat's on plane. Four Winns added them strictly to widen the interior space farther forward.
The actual running surface is the award-winning Stable-Vee hull that Four Winns introduced 15 years ago, and which many others have tried to mimic. This design pushes the running surface farther aft, so the outdrive is tucked into a pod. The deadrise, or angle of the V-bottom, changes degrees farther back. The purpose is to keep the boat from banking in turns. It handles more like a sports car -- with all four wheels firmly on the pavement.