Throughout the evolution of modern FRP (Fiber-Reinforced Pressure) vessels, there has been a tendency for boat designers and builders to concentrate on hull shapes that produce ever faster speeds. Unfortunately, some of the very same features that reduce drag, such as hull steps, also have a tendency to significantly reduce directional stability and efficiency in various sea conditions.
Seakeeping: The established limits for the vessel’s responses. "These are based on the vessel motions and accelerations experienced and include comfort criteria and performance based values such as involuntary speed reduction and observable phenomenon such as bow immersion." (St. Denis, 1976)
Bahama Boat Works considers safety at sea to be its FIRST design criteria, not an afterthought! Each of its hull forms was computer designed based on data collected from over 80 years of documented planing hull research and application. Hydrodynamic efficiency is achieved by the initial design shape combined with maintaining incredibly close dimensional tolerances from the digital design program, thru the CNC cut model, to the lowest shrink tooling system available for the mold making process.
Bahama Boat Works hulls are as symmetrical and fair as modern technology will allow. Natural dynamic directional stability in all seaways - whether head seas, cross seas, or following seas - has been of primary consideration to their design team. Likewise, questions of ready pitch and roll trim range were treated with the utmost importance.
As a result, every Bahama Boat Works center console boat hull offers unusually predictable stability, control and comfort - not only when seas are flat, but most importantly when conditions turn dangerous. Shooting an inlet in a large following sea becomes a pleasantly reassuring experience, not an unpredictable scary thrill ride. This is the result of hull shapes that were created and engineered to work as well at slow speeds as they do at high speeds. Their seakeeping ability makes them unusually seaworthy. At Bahama Boat Works seaworthiness is not a forgotten factor and your safety is not an afterthought!
We invite you for a trial run, and let the ride speak for itself.
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