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Boating In Rough Water

Deep-V boats power through chop.

June 27, 2012
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Formula 350 CBR

It’s no surprise that giga-sized bowriders, like this Formula 350 CBR, are becoming all the rage. With lots of deadrise and plenty of waterline length, they allow you to enjoy boating–or at least go boating–when the wind is up and the water is choppy. Deep-V hulls do require more fuel to push them to the same speeds as flatter-bottomed equivalents. But in my view, it’s a price worth paying, After all, what cost do you assign to a canceled day on the water if you show up at the dock and the flags are snapping?

Check out this Formula making 40 knots in 20 knots of wind and a stiff, whitecapped chop. Then add your comments below.

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Takeaway: A deep-V hull is one with 20 or more degrees of deadrise at the transom. Boats with less than 20-degrees of deadrise are properly termed modified V.

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