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Hull Shapes Hull Illustrations Advantages Disadvantages
Flat-Bottomed Hull Flat bottom hull This planing hull has a shallow draft, which is good for fishing in small lakes and rivers. Rides roughly in choppy waters.
Deep Vee-Bottomed Hull Deep vee hull This planing hull gives a smoother ride than a flat-bottomed hull in rough water. Takes more power to move at the same speed as flat-bottomed hulls. May roll or bank in sharp turns.
Round-Bottomed Hull Round bottom hull This typical displacement hull moves easily through the water, even at slow speeds. Has a tendency to roll unless it has a deep keel or stabilizers.
Multi-Hull Multi-hull Another example of a displacement hull, the multi-hull has greater stability because of its wide beam. Needs a large area when turning.