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Old 03-09-2006, 09:55 PM
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Having a deep amount of Freeboard is great if you spend a lot of time in the cabin.

As for todays fastest running boat they are using less freeboard and sit down seats. Personally I feel safer sitting down in a fast boat than standing. The lower freeboard dose not mean it has a lack of performance in the rough water. The 32 Activator is a very impressive boat with very low freeboard. Tantrum and I ran 95 along side JC in 3 1/2 foot chop.
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Old 03-09-2006, 10:08 PM
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Having a deep amount of Freeboard is great if you spend a lot of time in the cabin.

As for todays fastest running boat they are using less freeboard and sit down seats. Personally I feel safer sitting down in a fast boat than standing. The lower freeboard dose not mean it has a lack of performance in the rough water. The 32 Activator is a very impressive boat with very low freeboard. Tantrum and I ran 95 along side JC in 3 1/2 foot chop.

Hot Boat, I think you mean "cockpit depth"! I agree many of the new boats that kick azz in the rough have lower "cockpit depth" and sit down seats!

I would actually like to somehow convert my Pantera to a sit down boat!
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I've never been one to believe that incorrect usage changes a word's definition.
You can call the right side of your boat port if you want.
Doesn't change the fact that portside is the other side.

You can call your interior cabin depth "freeboard" if you choose.
Free speech and all that.

Chapman's. Page 6 in the 1972 edition.
Freeboard is the "height of a boat's topsides from the waterline to her deck."
Which is not all that helpful without the little picture they use to illustrate.

Maybe it is important to note that vertical measurements inside a vessel are referred to as "depth." Vertical measurements outside a vessel are referred to as "height."

Freeboard height is measured on the outside of a vessel.
Cockpit depth would be an inside measurement.
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Having a deep amount of Freeboard is great if you spend a lot of time in the cabin.

As for todays fastest running boat they are using less freeboard and sit down seats. Personally I feel safer sitting down in a fast boat than standing. The lower freeboard dose not mean it has a lack of performance in the rough water. The 32 Activator is a very impressive boat with very low freeboard. Tantrum and I ran 95 along side JC in 3 1/2 foot chop.
Cabin depth is referred to as "headroom."
But that's another thread.

Low freeboard perf boats are great until you lose horsepower for some reason and you are in a heavy following sea. No thanks.
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OK, so what is the difference in inches between low freeboard and high freeboard in an HP boat?
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If the majority of us {Performance boaters} think that Freeboard = Cockpit depth then The majority of us {Performance boaters} need to do some reading...

Start with "Chapmans"....Our "bible"
Indeed. Thank you.

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OK, so what is the difference in inches between low freeboard and high freeboard in an HP boat?
Not sure that I understand the question.
It sounds like:
What is the difference in inches between a tall man and a short man?

Or do you mean what is the difference between the highest point of freeboard and the lowest point on the same vessel?

Or do you mean what is the difference bewteen a boat considered high, and a boat considered low freeboard?
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Or do you mean what is the difference bewteen a boat considered high, and a boat considered low freeboard?
Thats the one!!!
But specifically in HP boats.
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I think that it's personal taste.
Like "what is tall?" I'm tall. (6'6")
To me... tall is really tall. Like 6'9"

To someone else... tall starts at 6'

I like a high freeboard boat because I have actually lost power in a heavy following sea and have had swells try to eat the boat.

I would say that Cigs tend to be higher, Apaches tend to be higher, Fountains and Formulas tend to be lower.

Still love Formulas tho... despite the lowish freeboard.
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