Will a full length rail help?

Discussion in 'Stability' started by Tom Stewart, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. Tom Stewart
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    Tom Stewart Junior Member

    Mr. Efficiency: That thread was written by the person I bought the boat from actually.

    The bow does bury and the hull speed slows down and the stern gets pushed around....I call it hunting.

    I personally have never had it try to broach....my main issue with this hull characteristic is that you have to stay on the wheel constantly and cannot just let the autopilot do its thing. It isn't really bad unless you're in something over 4 feet....which I don't want to fish in anyway..If you quarter the sea, its not bad really.

    I do want to get the spray rails installed so that I can keep dry. If I could keep the nose from burying so much in the backside of the wave in front, I would hope that I could keep some speed and this would keep the following wave from catching me.......Having said that, the boat is a 15 knot boat and without more speed this may be an exercise in futility.

    I love the boat. It is comfortable and is a fantastic head sea boat...just gives me a workout in a big following sea...

    I've had my fill of speedy, pounding hulls...my back cannot take it....I'll likely have to live with her fault...

    Thanks for the reply's.


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  2. Tom Stewart
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    Tom Stewart Junior Member

    Update 10/28/2019.
    Well Gonzo is correct. I have the 35' Henriques Maine Coaster hauled about 5 weeks ago. I had a full length rail installed from bow to stern. The rail is about 4.5" wide starting about 6" above the water line at the bow with a taper about 1/3 the way back to the waterline.
    Here are the results:

    1. Dryer ride with no spray over the front. Tested in a 12 knot NW wind this weekend. Tested at every possible angle of attack.
    2. I picked up exactly three knots at three different rpms...2100, 2300 and wide open throttle of 2850....actually a little more than three knots wot. 3.2. Reduced by 1/2 knot against the wind.
    3. I can tell that the hull is riding about 6" higher in the water and it is more "tinder" the faster you go...meaning that I can feel a little feeling like chine walking, but not bad at all.
    4. I haven't taken it to the Gulf yet to see how she acts in a following sea yet, but that will be very soon and I'll report back...Hopefully, the bow won't bury.

    Overall, I am very pleased with the results. 3 knots is a lot for this hull...

    Thanks Gonzo!

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  3. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    I'm glad it worked for you.
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