Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Lower Chesapeake bay
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Re: LOA vs LWL, looking for a boat
It's way to easy to overthink LOA vs LWL. Pick the boat you like regardless.
Many think that max LWL for a given LOA is best and it often is good, but not always.
My little boat (the First 260) is plumb on both ends, and has a delta between the two measurements of FOUR INCHES. Fun right? Max hull speed right? Mostly, but in lighter airs BELOW hull speed, its just more paint to drag through the water. High LOA/LWL ratio boats are often sticky in light airs. Hull speed only matters when you can get to it.
Interesting, I never thought of it that way.