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Speed, seaworthiness or comfort?

Discussion in 'General Sportfish Discussion' started by HORBA, May 6, 2008.

  1. HORBA

    HORBA New Member

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    Back in the 60's when Bertram first started, they had a race boat with the first deep V design by Ray Hunt. That boat proved itself in speed and seaworthiness by winnng many offshore races of the day, not the least being the famous Miami to Nassau.

    In today's world of excellence in sportsfish boats, what is more important, speed and seaworthiness or comfort?
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    HONGKONG Senior Member

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    Speed, seaworthyness or comfort

    Pick any two!
  3. HORBA

    HORBA New Member

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    Okay.....let's say that everyone in building today is capable of putting in as much comfort as one would want......with regards to the other two factors, how much do they do in testing those big designs for the speed and seaworthiness, like they did in the old days when they actually raced them in real ocean conditions?

    Here is a photo of a Bertram 38 being tested (raced) back in the 70's. This is a real photo, not photoshop. Bertram tested various layups and then used the better ones in the production boats back then.

    And who would be considered the best today?

    I know Ford and Chevy...but somebody must stand out.

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  4. 84far

    84far Senior Member

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    HORBA,
    with your sportsfish boats of 40'+, a lot of the custom boat builders look more for speed and seaworthiness, then comfort (resulting in a great looking hull). and youll find that most production boat builders look for more comfort then speed and seaworthiness. its 2 different markets really. the customs are after the fisherman using the boats that will see a lot of big seas. the production boats are more for your ave punter more interested in the anchorage, and half the time lacks the practical experience and wouldnt know a good ride if it fell in he/she lap.

    the custom boat builders spend the time reseaching the best way through the water, via tank testing, cad, etc.(which all builders do), plus there practical experience and thus create some work of art, and some great riding boats.

    the production boat builders are more into how many beds they can fit up front (they also tank test and reseach), thus resulting in boats getting plum bows and a ****house ride... i think some companys just lack the prac exp.

    with your smaller boats 40'-, a lot of the tech is already known, deep-v, steps in the hull, and now they are inverting the spray chines (view attachment).

    http://www.weaverboatworks.com/image-viewer.htm?gallery/Weaver23-2/072008/100_5384.JPG

    but all this does depend on what boats your talking about (40' center consoles missiles, or battlewagons with cabins/fly bridge/towers, etc)....?

    far