# Question: What Is Maximum Hull Speed?

## How do you calculate hull speed?

As a very general rule the maximum speed of any displacement hull–commonly called its hull speed–is governed by a simple formula: hull speed in knots equals 1.34 times the square root of the waterline length in feet (HS = 1.34 x √LWL)..

## What is the most efficient boat hull design?

Nothing’s perfect in life, though, so while the displacement hull is the most efficient, it also has its limitations. The first is that speed potential is primarily a function of hull length. The longer the hull underwater, the faster it can go.

## What does hull speed mean?

displacement speedHull speed or displacement speed is the speed at which the wavelength of a vessel’s bow wave is equal to the waterline length of the vessel. As boat speed increases from rest, the wavelength of the bow wave increases, and usually its crest-to-trough dimension (height) increases as well.

## Can a sailboat go faster than hull speed?

It doesn’t break any rules to go faster than hull speed. If you push beyond the speed limit, the wavelength gets longer than your boat length. No law against that. At this point, most boats start to surf on their own bow wave; nothing wrong with that.

## How fast can a 30 ft sailboat go?

Here are the maximum hull speeds for different monohull lengths:lengthmetersmph40 ft12 m9.865 ft20 m12.480 ft24 m13.8100 ft30 m15.44 more rows

## How fast can a displacement hull go?

roughly 1.34So it seems clear that very efficient displacement hulls can be built with or without chines. As we have discussed, true displacement hulls reach maximum speed at a S/Lratio of roughly 1.34.