Boat Stability

Did you know…

A boat is subjected to two types of stability, when it is at rest (static) and when it is moving (dynamic) through the water contending with wind and waves.

The hull shape of the boat is an important factor in stability and the ability of the vessel to recover from external forces to maintain balance.

Flat bottom boats have high initial stability but a poor righting ability when it is exceeded.

Round bottom boats and vee bottom vessels may have slightly less initial stability and tend to roll or heel but have a better righting ability.

Overloading or poor distribution of weight including passengers as well as water sloshing in the bilge can be stability hazards.

Boats with tall structures such as flybridges can become unstable by strong winds.

Of course, water conditions including wind and traffic have a huge impact on the stability of boats on Grand Lake.

Click here to see the Ultimate Guide to Boating on Grand Lake.

Are you interested in joining a boating club on Grand Lake to have fun, plus the opportunity to take courses online or in the classroom to improve your boating skills and knowledge?  Visit online or, on Facebook: America’s boating club-grand lake for more information.

Boating Safety - Did You Know

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *