An object of my lust and a couple of other early season harbor neighbors
As Eric says, an advantage of a pointed, or at least rounded stern above the waterline is that the boat won't get pushed around as much in a following sea.* A boat like a Grand Banks, CHB, etc.*can be a real pain in the a*s in a following sea because at their slow cruising*speeds the waves are often traveling faster than the boat and can slop up against that big, wide, flat transom and shove the boat in every direction except the one you want to go in.* In nasty conditions it can actually become very dangerous because*this trait can cause the boat to yaw sideways as it's pushed forward by the wave.* If the wave is big enough, if the*helmsman isn't quick enough, or if the rudder(s) don't have sufficient authority--- or all three--- *the boat can end up in the perfect position to be rolled over.* This has happened at least once that I know of right here in Bellingham Bay on a stormy day.* There were no survivors....
The advantage of the wide, flat butt of a boat like the GB is you get more interior space--- as FF says, a floating condo---*because the beam can stay wide all the way to the stern. But the handling in a following sea really suffers.
So the rounded stern of Eric's boat, regardless of what it does below the waterline, will be a real advantage should he get into sloppy or rough water with the waves coming down on him from astern.
-- Edited by Marin on Thursday 10th of June 2010 09:00:11 PM