Originally Posted by firehoser75
It is my understanding that the NT bow design is supposed to reduce waves (green water) over the bow and making a "dryer" boat. I don't know this as fact however, and I have not heard of any owners who have "adjusted" their bows for wave slap, complaining that they noticed more water over the bow or any noticeable drop in performance.
The article I read was a link from one of the NT owners' sites. It was a pdf showing how the owner had that forward chine permanently filled in for a certain length forward and aft of the bow waterline at rest*.
He had recordings you could play of the before and after. The after, to me, sounded like normal, after-all-you-are-on-a-boat water/hull noises. In other words, not gone, but not unexpected. The "before" was (IMO) more annoying, with hollow "schlonks," suction noises, and loud bangs in random but kind of "listen for the next one" patterns.
He mentioned (or maybe it was someone else who had done the same job) that when motoring faster than hull speed, there was enough bow rise that the filled in section was out of the water anyway, so the chine/no chine would at least not have been doing anything at those speeds.
Apparently NT does fill in some of the larger ones now right as they built the boat (40xx footers).
I would love to own a 37 NT. Swoon! Wouldn't kick a 32' out of the slip either
So what I'm taking from this thread is that if you want to avoid it during the boat selection process, look for one without that little chine at the forward waterline. (Or plan to get used to it, or fill it in.)
BTW, I'm not against any water sound at anchor. Years ago I had a lapstrake style hull. Talk about hearing water sounds at anchor! But it was more regular "light but constant" sound if I had to describe it.
*I went and looked and here is a link to the article, including photos, if anyone is interested:
I couldn't figure out how to extract them, but there are links to the "before" and "after" sound within the article in case anyone wants to have a listen.