2012-02-17 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/ Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro


Here’s a good picture of a planning hull underway; note the boat atop the water Here’s a good picture of a planning hull underway; note the boat atop the water Despite the fluctuations in weather, fishing seems to be okay for this time of year. That in and of itself is a testimonial to the regulations and conservation efforts we’ve endured and hopefully as time goes on winter fisheries will rebound even more. For the moment codfish, ling and mackerel seem to be on the offshore menu.

April 15 looms on the horizon, that being the opening of the striped bass fishery around these parts. I think it might be safe to say that with this mild winter the run should develop early. Some orphan bass have lingered around throughout the winter and have come up while fishing for tog and cod.

The previous article discussed displacement hulls so that leads us into planning hulls, probably the most popular for fishermen and boaters. Planning hulls are designed to ride somewhat on top of the water and in doing so reduce friction or drag from plowing through it.

You’ve all seen these boats, the center consoles, cabin boats and sport fishermen cruising around the bay. The quality and performance of their ride are usually defined by the bottom configuration. Deep-V, or modified-V would be a simple way of explaining this.

The “V” referring to the degree of entry or deadrise on the bottom of the boat, deep V sharper entry and for the most part smoother ride in a head sea; whereas a modified V will not be as sharp trading its entry for a more stable and easier planning hull. Depending on the manufacturer the V will vary from bow to stern, a good example would be comparing a 23 Sea craft with a 23 degree deadrise at the transom, to a 23 Mako that may have 20 degrees.

The seacraft will slice through a sea better, however the Mako will push easier and be a bit more conservative on fuel consumption. So depending on your needs you might want to test ride and consider the options. The deeper V’s also tend to be a little cranky on the anchor, a result of not having a flatter bottom. So as you can see many boats are tradeoffs in their overall performance. Until the next tide … .

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