A Systematic Study of Stepped Planing Hulls
Chris Becker, AJ Loreto, Justin Shell



Abstract

The objective of this thesis was to investigate the impact that step geometry and configuration have on the speed at which ventilation of a step initially appears.  Though many recreational boat designers have implemented steps into their designs, there is very little research on the subject that can support the theoretical benefits that steps provide on these craft.   This thesis utilized the Robinson Model Basin to test variations in step height and angle to determine the benefits of some of the common configurations that are used in the recreational boating industry.  The results from this thesis expand the knowledge base of the effectiveness of steps that are already in use in the recreational boating industry.




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