Wouldnt the modified-V hulls ride softer than sled hulls?
At very slow speeds perhaps, but once the hull is on plane, the V on most of these hulls is out of the water. If youve ever watched a jon or sled hull on plane, youve noticed that the first or more of the hull has little or no contact with the surface of the water. When going through rough water, it hits the back two-thirds of the hull. Since that area on both is a semi-flat surface, it tends to pound rather than slice through the water as a more traditional semi-V hull does. So the claim is more perception than reality. The response is usually a smirk, but just take a look the next time you see a modified-V on plane. Rather than lumping all MV jons in the same pool, there are a few models out there that do have a longer V in the bow and those will offer some advantage to the ride in rough water. What you end up sacrificing is far less semi-flat planning area, more drag and reduced bow area. The diagrams show the space loss, note each offer 4′ decks bow and stern, but the width and bow