Neither Wet nor Wild - Boat Hulls

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Maximum Punch: A stepped hull — identified by the notches in the chine — reduces drag for speed and efficiency.
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Down and Back: Modifications to chines and strakes can effect a drier ride at speed, as well as improve handling and control characteristics.
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Last Third: Most modern planing hulls ride on the aft portion, so quality design aims to get the hull on plane easily, where it can run most efficiently.