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Planing hull performing like a displacement hull

Displacement Mode

A planing hull, when operated at very slow speeds, will cut through the water like a displacement hull.

Planing hull in plowing mode

Plowing Mode

As speed increases, a planing hull will have a raised bow, reducing the operator's vision and throwing a very large wake. Avoid maintaining a speed that puts your boat in plowing mode.

Planing hull in planing mode

Planing Mode

Your boat is in planing mode when enough power is applied so that the hull glides on top of the water. Different boats reach planing mode at different speeds.