Can I dig a bit further. What is it about the Flowers hull that makes it superior? And, how does that compare to the BHM? Thanks for your time!
The Flowers is one of the newest designed DE boats available, and all the great and proven designs were incorporated into it. I personally believe it is one of the premier designs available in the 36'-38' class. It's bow is designed to deliver a soft ride, it has a nice big keel to accomodate a large propeller (I believe a 30" diameter), the hull is deep to accomodate the new larger engines, it runs flat and efficient, it has a nice 13'+ beam, it goes very well with modest hp. The other 2- 38' hulls I like are the new Lowell Brothers 38' and the Wesmac 38'. Which one is the "best" comes down to personal preference and your needs and requirements. I would visit the builders of each boat you are considering, look at the molds, look at the build process, talk to owners, ask questions. The 37' Duffy is also a nice boat, but it isn't quite as big as the 38' hulls, especially the 38' Flowers which is a little wider than the Lowell Brothers and Wesmac. If you compare apples to apples, a 36', 37', and 38' boat are going to cost about the same to build. So why not go with a 38' and get the most boat for the money.