Boat stability is very important. A lack of stability can make even the hardiest mariner feel pretty seasick and ruin a perfectly good day out on the water for everyone else too. So is it possible to predict whether one boat will slosh about and another one stay nice and steady? Take a look at this video by Senior Editor Lenny Rudow as he discusses the hull design traits that have an important effect, and how you can apply this knowledge when boat shopping.


A good sea trial is an essential part of buying a new boat. Take a look at our guide: Buying a boat: first-time buyers’ guide.

For more information on conducting sea trials, see: How to conduct a sea trial.

Or if you are completely new to the sport, check out: Get your family boating in 6 steps.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.