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How different hull types react in rough water

A good turn of speed is one of the advantages of planing hulls. (A Beneteau Barracuda 9 is shown.)This is the first in a series of stories on rough-water boat handling. Although you might not intend to go out in seas taller than your VHF antenna, you may well find yourself in such conditions if you venture offshore often and far enough. In this first article, I’ll consider the capabilities and limitations of the three basic hull forms: displacement, semidisplacement and planing. I’m assuming in this discussion that each of the examples under consideration is the best of its kind in terms of hull form, seaworthiness, helm sightlines and so on. Each hull form has its pluses and minuses. This overview should help you think more deeply about the issue of seaworthiness.

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POSH: much more than a replica of a masterpiece

Designer Bill Prince has been called on to create a 21st century interpretation of the 52-foot commuter yacht POSH, designed by John L. Hacker in 1937.John L. Hacker was a top speedboat designer and builder in the early part of the last century, and he knew a thing or two about planing hulls that many designers today have either forgotten or never knew. The speedboats and commuter craft Hacker created may have been necessity-driven designs, but they were beauties to behold.

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If it ain’t broke, make it 21st century

POSH incorporates the latest technology, including a custom touch-screen helm, a concealed waterproof televison and an aft cockpit that converts to a spa.F. Todd Warner, an authority on classic wooden powerboats who owns the original POSH, approached designer Bill Prince roughly two years ago about building a 21st century version of his 1937 classic.

“I am starting my 40th year specializing in the restoration, sales, service, design and construction of vintage boats and vintage boat design,” says Warner, CEO of Mahogany Bay and RetroModerne Yacht Design in Mound, Minn.

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Design review: 2 concept boats and their missions

Robert Stephens (left) and Paul Waring are passionate designers who take pride in turning concepts into creations.This month, I’m looking at two design concepts from Stephens Waring Yacht Design in Belfast, Maine. They are just concepts at this point, and Paul Waring has taken the unusual step of offering them for critique, which shows intellectual inquiry, an open mind and more than a little courage. I wish more designers would do the same.

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Back to the drawing board: Design flaws I’ve noted

No boat is perfect, so consider a multitude of features when assessing safety and seaworthiness.Most boats have intelligent ideas worth noting, along with areas that need a little more thinking through. It’s rare to see a boat that gets it all right — or all wrong. My intent here is to provide some of the insight needed to distinguish what works and what could be better.

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