If you want to know only one thing that that distinguishes a Sailfish boat, it is the technology behind its smooth ride. Sailfish’s unique Variable Degree Stepped (VDS) hull system is designed to deliver the smoothest experience and overall best ride stability in its class, in all water conditions.
Sailfish’s VDS hull technology is characterized by three ’stepped’ surface areas. Taken together, these surfaces give the power of three hulls in one boat – each of them designed to aid with lift and stability (see diagram).
The deepest of the three ‘steps’ has a steep 24-degree angle. This entry-point angle is designed to peel open the water aggressively, providing for a unique, effortless ride experience on deck.
The second surface is positioned at a slightly shallower angle of 23 degrees, enabling air to flow efficiently under the hull. This aeration ensures less friction and brings a welcome higher rate of fuel economy. “Picture a seagull’s wing,” says Denny Warren, sales and transportation manager at Sailfish. “It has an outline that curves inward at small points under its arc. Its surface is constantly changing. We mimic this in our hull design to create points of aeration and reduce drag.” (If the seagull analogy doesn’t fully capture the meaning, then cost-saving receipts at the fuel pump will.)
The third, and outermost, stepped surface is positioned at a flatter 22 degrees, enhancing stability at rest. In practical terms, this means riders will feel less rocking in big rollers, and probably won’t get those dreaded sea legs after battling prize game.
“Every boat manufacturer believes in its own hulls, just as we believe in ours. The difference is our competition has mostly straight-degree deadrise bottoms, and those do not offer the same ride or stability,” Denny explains.
Picture a seagull’s wing. We mimic it in our hull design to create points of aeration and reduce drag.
Sailfish VDS hull performance really shows well when the water is big. “Our boats can ride back home in rough water faster and more comfortably than any competitor, because the multi-surface hulls can better handle a beating,” Denny adds.
This VDS hull system is a foundation which allows for other remarkable benefits, too. Thanks to the steep, 3-step base, Sailfish has the tallest gunwales and deepest cockpits in its class. It also has taller stand-up head compartments, thanks to the extra depth. All of these enhancements from the hull combine to make enjoyable and more versatile experiences on the water for everyone.