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Re: Are Island Packets as bad as some claim?
I'm also curious about the hull speed comment. Theoretical hull speed was covered in first year hydrodynamics and ship construction, along with the various methods of cheating it; bulbous bows, SWATH hull, semi planing hulls, planing hulls, excessive amounts of power, but I've always found theoretical hull speed to be a reasonably accurate limiting factor to speed with regards to conventional full displacement hulls.
However, looking at both the IP and Beneteau hulls, I'm not convinced either one would behave like a full displacement hull, it looks to me like either one would be capable of some degree of planing.