Many different types of boats exist, and there are just as many types of boat hulls. Boat hulls come in different sizes, different shapes, and every one of them is a testament to thoughtful engineering.
Despite there being so many different types of hulls, there are two main objectives: displace water or plane on top of it. Within these two types, numerous designs further define the boat and provide additional use.
An example of a boat with a hull designed to push water is a sailboat. They mainly pull heavier loads at slower speeds and move lower in the water. A planing hull, commonly found on smaller boats, revolves around one thing: speed. These hulls assist your boat lift out of the water as it reaches higher speeds.
Here are the ten common types of boat hulls out there:
- Displacement Hulls
- Planing Hulls
- Flat Bottom
- Tri-Hull (Tunnel Hull)
- Semi-Displacement Hulls
When it's time to go pick out your boat, consider your primary use for it and let these hulls be your guidance.