what i was really hoping for was just people's opinions of the 'slipperiest' smaller hulls.Nickyp:
The term "easily driven" usually describes a displacement hull shape that requires very little power to achieve hull speed. Long and narrow with rounded bilges is one of the most easily driven shapes. An example is the yacht Olympia (92'L x 18'B x ~8' Draft x 125 tons) that cruises at 9.5 knots on twin 165 hp diesels.
I'm guessing your question is really geared more toward fuel efficiency at planing speeds and you're wondering which 31' hull on the market offers the most efficient operation. I don't think there's a specific answer to that question without knowing a lot more about what you expect:
With those answers, somebody can probably narrow your choices down for you.
- How fast do you want to run?
- What gear and other weight will you have aboard ?
- Will you be running inshore or offshore and in what conditions?
- What do you require in terms of head sea and down sea handling and performance?
- What range do you require?
- How do you define "easily driven"?
On the subject of building light
- Gain speed for a given power
- Gain fuel economy for a given speed
- Gain load capacity for a given displacement
- Generally more expensive in labor and material costs.
- Light construction methods can result in less durable structures that require more maintenance and repair
- Light construction can worsen the behavior of a hull in certain conditions if the design was not intended for it
30 south shore is a bad little Hull its on the list for that size here is my list.
Ss 30 bhm31 Holland 32 flowers 30-33 the new beal 30 rp31 and 35 them would be my start