Going out for a day on the boat means different things to different people. When looking for speed, adrenaline or sports capability – like wakeboarding or water skiing – a speed boat is the right choice. Also known as a powerboat or motorboat, the speed boat is characterized by a sleek profile and heart-pounding pace.
A speed boat is a class of water vessel that is motorized and designed to be very fast. The shape of the hull and deck are designed to be exceptionally aerodynamic and to experience the very least wind resistance. Most speed boats do not have a cabin under the foredeck; if a cabin does exist, it is very small and cramped. Even within the class, speed boats have different intended purposes, and thus, some are faster than others.
Recreational speedboats often offer an open, sunken cockpit, as well as a seating area for the driver and a few passengers. While these models will still reach high speeds, they will likely not travel as quickly as their racing boat cousins. However, like racing boats they showcase an extended V-shaped hull fashioned from fiberglass; the lightweight material helps with speed and maneuverability while remaining durable.
Racing speed boats boast the most aerodynamic designs and shapes created to reduce wind drag – including a double hull model that further reduces the drag as the hull cuts through the water. Racing boats may have two cockpits, allowing for an additional operator to be on board. These boats are often referred to as power boats due to the dramatic thrust they produce. The boats can typically travel at speeds over 80 knots (150 km/h) in calm waters, over 50 knots (90 km/h) in choppy waters, and maintain 25 knots (47 km/h) in the average five to seven-foot waves of the ocean.
Whatever the size or speed of the boat, it is always smart to have your Sign & Glide membership on hand. Should anything go wrong or break down