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What I've never understood about cape horns is how the bow kind of tapers down at the front. Makes no sense how that would perform well to me, anyone that can enlighten me?
Performs great they are sought after up in the panhandle for guide boats cause of dry ride and wide beam tough solid boats.
 

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Was just trying to beat the other guys before they said it 馃槄馃ぃ馃槀
But i bet that crows nest feels good in a roll...馃槼
 

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What I've never understood about cape horns is how the bow kind of tapers down at the front. Makes no sense how that would perform well to me, anyone that can enlighten me?
If you鈥檙e referring to the reduced forefoot, it was likely done to enhance down sea performance. Less spray, less tendency to bow steer.
 

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I Dont think hes talking about Forefoot ,forefoot is the area at bow under water, hes talking about the shape of the top side at bow ,it usually starts mid ship and tapers down towards bow instead of level or going up which would be more correct for a offshore vessel, and i agree i never felt a bow angled down had any business on a offshore boat,if you stuffed the bow it would just amplify the situation! personally i think its just a styling thing cape horn came out with to be different!

Only positive i can think of is at low speeds it may help you see over the bow,when a boat would usually ride Bow high...
 

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I Dont think hes talking about Forefoot ,forefoot is the area at bow under water, hes talking about the shape of the top side at bow ,it usually starts mid ship and tapers down towards bow instead of level or going up which would be more correct for a offshore vessel, and i agree i never felt a bow angled down had any business on a offshore boat,if you stuffed the bow it would just amplify the situation! personally i think its just a styling thing cape horn came out with to be different!

Only positive i can think of is at low speeds it may help you see over the bow,when a boat would usually ride Bow high...
I see what you鈥檙e talking about. Starts at the registration number in the photos.

Who knows why? Styling? Maybe to maintain the constant depth of the forward casting deck?
 

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I see what you mean @citadelmarineservices the bow line dives down. Just like a ski or wakeboard boat. Stern heavy boats with a raked bow where the length of the cap is longer than the water line length do this. It causes the bow of the boat to 'appear' to sit level in the water. Not sure why this design characteristic was transferred over to a bayboat other then to knock down spray. Maybe it serves another purpose, not sure? @Chris Morejohn any insight of this design feature?
 

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I see what you mean @citadelmarineservices the bow line dives down. Just like a ski or wakeboard boat. Stern heavy boats with a raked bow where the length of the cap is longer than the water line length do this. It causes the bow of the boat to 'appear' to sit level in the water. Not sure why this design characteristic was transferred over to a bayboat other then to knock down spray. Maybe it serves another purpose, not sure? @Chris Morejohn any insight of this design feature?
I don't know works good. yellowfin boats have same thing.
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I see what you mean @citadelmarineservices the bow line dives down. Just like a ski or wakeboard boat. Stern heavy boats with a raked bow where the length of the cap is longer than the water line length do this. It causes the bow of the boat to 'appear' to sit level in the water. Not sure why this design characteristic was transferred over to a bayboat other then to knock down spray. Maybe it serves another purpose, not sure? @Chris Morejohn any insight of this design feature?
If the sheers on many of these designs ran up and not curved down when getting on plane for many when running you would not be able to see foreword over the bow. On big sportfisherman they steer from flying bridges.
If the freeboard was lowered then these types of slightly flaired hulls forward would not have the ( shoulder forward to be able to plunge into big seas.
Some revers designs do it for looks with the possibility of the Cape Horn falling into this look even though it鈥檚 a small skiff.
in small craft like the old Sea Craft skiffs got the need and look perfect. They just lacked a better chine for spray diverting.
 
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