What is minimum draft on a boat?

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Draft is how shallow your boat's hull can go in the water essentially meaning, it's the minimum depth you can safely take your boat without hitting the bottom of the hull on the surface below the water.

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A boat's draft is simply the distance between the waterline and the deepest point of the boat. Expressed another way, boat draft is the minimum amount of water required to float the boat without touching the bottom. It’s also common to hear that a boat “draws 24 inches,” which means its draft in 24 inches.

Also, the shallower the draft, the easier it is to launch and retrieve a trailerable boat at a ramp, and the less top-heavy the load will be while traile-ring on a highway. Conversely, deep draft is important for efficient sailing close-hauled (with or without centerboard) and (if keel is weighted with ballast) for stability while sailing and comfort in a seaway.

Its draft will probably be between 4 and 7 feet. The reason this category has a rather deep draft is because of its keel. While the keel is a necessary component of a sailboat and makes your life much easier and your boat much more stable, the price you pay is that there is a long piece of steel below the boat's belly.

The draft or draught of a ship's hull is the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of the hull (keel). Draft determines the minimum depth of water a ship or boat can safely navigate. The more heavily a vessel is loaded, the deeper it sinks into the water, and the greater its draft.

The waterplane area refers to the area which is enclosed by the waterline on the hull of the vessel. The C (VP) usually ranges from 0.99 for barges and 0.76 for certain bulk carriers to 0.39 for high-speed crafts. In both these coefficients, the draft plays a major role in assessing the form of the vessel.

Simply put, the draft of a boat is a measurement of how far the boat’s hull will extend underneath the water. When you have determined the draft of a boat, you can use this information to make wise decisions about the depth of the water you chose to navigate. For example, if the boat has a draft of 6 feet, boating in water with a depth of 7 feet is probably too risky.

carlt said: It depends what canals you want to visit. The narrow canals are limited to a draught of about 3'6" though some are even shallower. My boat draws 4' and should be able to access most of the broad canals but lack of maintenance means that it isn't possible, in many cases.

Technically speaking, there isn’t a minimum draft that is required on a boat. However, I’ve yet to see a boat with a draft under a few inches. In fact, once you put a person into a boat, even the best of drafts will get deeper. Also, one has to consider that a boat will sit deeper into the water if there is more weight on top of it.

According to the manual, the boat has a minimum draft of 1.6 feet and a maximum of 2.11 feet (presumably this means when it's carrying the maximum weight for which it's rated?). The maximum and minimum drafts refer to whether your drive leg is up or down so 3 feet of water is enough even with the leg fully down.

Generally the waterline discolouration will indicate the draft when the boat is at anchor or on a mooring. The draft will vary from that when it's underway. You can cheat a bit by trimming up fairly high but three feet will always be a bit marginal in a boat of that size, weight and power - especially if you want to tow skiers or tubes.

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