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This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Craft Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

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Boats with planing hulls are designed to rise up and glide on top of the water when enough power is supplied. These boats may operate like displacement hulls when at rest or at slow speeds but climb toward the surface of the water as they move faster.

  • Boats with planing hulls can skim along at high speed, riding almost on top of the water rather than pushing it aside.
  • Flat-bottomed and vee-bottomed hull shapes act as planing hulls. Most small power-driven boats, including personal watercraft (PWCs), and some small sailboats have planing hulls, allowing them to travel more rapidly across the water.