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  displacement hulls do not plane
  Posted by: captainsmollett on Feb-14-13 9:46 PM (EST)

bow light just means that your stern is going to be sinking further into the water at speed,shortening your waterline and increasing resistance. Planing hulls have a wide flat stern to allow the boat to "ski" on the area that is in contact with the water. Once they reach a certain speed they will ride up ontoo that flat base, ride over the bow wave and plane. A displacement hulls speed is dependant on its length. They are designed to ride between the wake coming off the bow and stern. The longer the boat, the faster it can go since the distance between the two waves is greater. When you look at a racing canoe you notice they have a nearly vertical bow and stern. This is to maximize the waterline length when the boat is moving. Bow down always if you are looking for speed. The boat should be as close to level as you can get when you are moving at your cruising speed.

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