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Old 04-02-2014   #1
Enfield, New Hampshire
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Ferry question for round / semi planin hulls...

Is it better to keep the hull flat or edged towards the opposite shore when ferrying in pushy water?
Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-02-2014   #2
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I'm no instructor but if you get on edge the current will push you down river. If you are trying to go perpendicular to the current staying flat will help you stay on top of the water and will minimize the drag on your hull.

Try both ways a few times on the same ferry/current and you should notice the difference. It all depends on where you want to end up and how fast you want to get there.

Same is true for leaving eddies, I used to carve out of eddies on edge every time and haul 4$$, now I stay flat and it seems to be more gentle than having to lean over to counteract the water grabbing my edge.

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Old 04-02-2014   #3
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Is it better to keep the hull flat or edged towards the opposite shore when ferrying in pushy water?
Thanks in advance.
It's best to find the proper ferry position/angle and edge accordingly. If the angle is nearly upstream you will use very little edge and with soft chines might not need any. If the ferry angle is closer to perpendicular to the flow you will need more downstream edge until you are moving with the water and can flatten out. Go find a couple good jet ferry locations and play with your edges and ferry angles.
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Old 04-06-2014   #4
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an up-stream edge will flip you buy a down-stream edge will pull you down the river. you should keep you boat flat with no edge then point the bow of your boat to a varying angle depending on where you are trying to fairy to. i do agree with glenn and Mr. Finch you should just play around.
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