(57) Abstract: A boat hull providing substantially enhanced stability, safety and comfort over conventional boat hulls in common use, incorporating at least one relatively narrow, more-or-less vertical slot (23) running longitudinally and/or laterally through the hull of the boat and positioned so that the slot(s) (23) intersects a major portion of the depth of the water displaced by the boat hull. The slot(s) (23) may be fully or partially closed at any of its fore-end (31) or aft-end (33) or bottom-edge (25).
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EXCERPTS OF PATENT CLAIMS
A boat having enhanced stability, safety and comfort, comprising a single hull unit having at least one elongated, substantially vertical slot extending substantially therethrough such that said slot divides said single hull unit into at least two substantially separate buoyant compartments, and such that water, on which the boat is floating, freely communicates with said slot and with air within and surrounding said slot;
The boat of claim 2, wherein said slot extends upwardly to a location above the waterline of said boat, such that said slot is simultaneously above and below said waterline.
The boat of claim 2, wherein multiple centers of buoyancy are created, at least one each on opposing sides of said slot.
THE SLOT IS COMPLETELY INSIDE THE BOATHULL
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