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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.