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Old 08-27-2006, 09:40 AM
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Can some one tell me what the step hull does and how it works.
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:44 AM
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Step hulls are so last year. The new ones have escalators.
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Old 08-27-2006, 10:11 AM
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Welcome to OSO.

In a nutshell, steps (when properly designed, and on the correct hull)
are there to "aerate" the hull.
More air under the hull = less hull in the water = less friction = higher speed.
Also creates much different handling characteristics in turns than a traditional V hull.

And as far as escalators - Reggie has been using them for years.
Rumor has it they are now testing with elevator hulls

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Old 08-27-2006, 10:34 AM
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On hot days a step hull will keep you cool by tossing you in the water without warning!! A refreshing dip on a hot summer day!!!
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Old 08-27-2006, 10:48 AM
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On hot days a step hull will keep you cool by tossing you in the water without warning!! A refreshing dip on a hot summer day!!!
Unfortunately, the thermostat doesn't work very well, and it will do the same on a cold day.
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Old 08-27-2006, 10:57 AM
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Oh, poor newbie!!

Try a thread search or start with this thread:

http://www.offshoreonly.com/forums/s...=tom+step+hull

There are many threads more, you will have enough to read for fall AND winter.
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Old 08-27-2006, 11:38 AM
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Thanks for the info. So the step hull is very unsable and would be hard to drive? What is it like in the great lakes waters? I am figering out if I would like to build a step hull for the water I run in. I am going to build my new boat 23 ft with a 24 degree v. I need to get all the speed I can but still run on 6 foot waves. I have a web site that has the last two boats I have built that you can see. I am just looking for advise from you guys that have past history on race boats. If you talk to a regular boat dealer and ask them question it seems to go way over there head or thay just don't even no what your talking about.
Here is our web site and just go into boat building .
www.geocities.com/haulinbass66/
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Old 08-27-2006, 11:59 AM
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Ok Here is the ultimate in escalator designs
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Old 08-27-2006, 02:03 PM
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Thanks for the info. So the step hull is very unsable and would be hard to drive? What is it like in the great lakes waters? I am figering out if I would like to build a step hull for the water I run in. I am going to build my new boat 23 ft with a 24 degree v. I need to get all the speed I can but still run on 6 foot waves. I have a web site that has the last two boats I have built that you can see. I am just looking for advise from you guys that have past history on race boats. If you talk to a regular boat dealer and ask them question it seems to go way over there head or thay just don't even no what your talking about.
Here is our web site and just go into boat building .
www.geocities.com/haulinbass66/
I appreciate any help you guys can give me
Thank a bunch
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There is no 23' boat in the world that will handle true 6' seas very well. There is no substitute for length when it comes to rough water. A standard 24 degree straight V will give you the best rough water ride though. Forget steps and pads and all that other stuff if you want to "attempt" to run in the rough with a 23 footer. Good luck with it. I would look at the 24 superboat and 24 pantera as boats to model my efforts after.
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Welcome to OSO

Here are a couple of dippers now

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