THE HULL TRUTH is the world's largest FREE network for the discussion of Boating & Fishing. Whether you're researching a new boat, or are a seasoned Captain, you'll find The Hull Truth Boating & Fishing Message Forum contains a wealth of information from Boaters and Sportfishermen around the world.
06-19-2005, 08:13 AM
What combination of motor trim, trim tab,weight shift or whatever else can acheive something like that nice "heel to toe" ride you get on some hulls like a Contender? I've got a 26' Seaswirl Striper/ 250 Suzuki that can pound in the chop, but once in a while I get that "heel to toe" ride and I'n not sure how. Thanks.
06-19-2005, 08:48 AM
My guess would be that your describing the sweet spot that everyone strives for when underway. The list of variables would be quite long, course, weight of boat, length of boat, speed of boat, beam of boat, type of hull, how the boat is trimed front to back and left to right, wave height and period, skill of the helmsman, etc..
Some hulls are more forgiving over a wider range of variables but(opinion alert!!!), I think that almost any boat can be tuned to run well if the operator is willing to sacrifice and comprimise based on the variables i.e., slow down, alter course, adjust the load, don't go out when seas are to rough.
I'm sure you could find two different operators in identical boats(use your contender example) and place them in marginal conditions. One operator will be able to adjust according to the variables, slow down, alter course, adjust the load, adjust the tabs, and locate the sweet spot, the other will probably scare the crap out of his passengers and the ride will stink.
The reasons you can find so many different opinions about so many different boats is because the biggest difference in any boat is who's behind the wheel. A smart captain has a happy crew :thumbsup:
Welcome to THT :)