What are the performance properties of the MUSTANG GT used at sea – compared to a solid bottom keel boat?

When using the MUSTANG GT at see – in particular when motorised over 5 hp, a insert floor is recommended to stiffen the boat and to prevent the boat from length-directional  and crosswise torsion. Length axial stability stiffens to a point comparable to that of a boat with inflatable keel or with detachable keel
Using stronger motor power, i.e. in heavy seas, the floor panels to some extent counter balance the waves slamming effect. A boat with a rigid solid bottom though offers even greater stiffness, because it permits no flexing movement at all.

As far as directional stability is concerned, the new corrugated bottom of the MUSTANG GT provides very good course stability. With lengthwise appointed corrugations the boat has excellent course steering responding well  and without problem even to narrow radius course changes. There is no comparison to boats with a totally flat bottom and no course supporting profile at all.

Having said that, however note,  that  boats with a solid hull bottom offer somewhat better directional stability. That in particular, when motor power exceeds 20 Hp. In rough water that certainly is advantageous.

A boat buyer has to weigh up, if he:

intends to buy a boat trailer for transporting a rather heavier boat, to pay a higher price in order to have slightly better rough water performance properties.

If low weight, small pack volume and easy transportability is paramount plus option of transport by aeroplane,  easy assembly, greater safety by way of greater air volume, high buoyancy, and last not least a more favourable price, then the Hobby is precisely the right choice.


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