In August, 2018 we posted an article with some general guidance on how to select the right hullform. Choose from the following:
  • Monohull
  • Catamaran
  • Trimaran
  • Planing Hull
Due to popular demand, we wrapped everything into a short video for your enjoyment.  Plug this into your ear and listen for a quick education in hull selection.

Options for Hullform Selection

Monohull One of the most versatile ship types available.  Excellent high weight capacity.
Container Ship Just Exiting Port
Container Ship
Catamaran Best at low weight cargoes, where you need large amounts of deck space. Trimaran [1] Great hybrid between catamaran and monohull.  Excellent stability.  Moderate weight capacity and moderate deck area.
Trimaran Yacht
SWATH Specialized hullform designed to minimize seakeeping motions. Especially useful for survey and research work. Planing Hull [2] Delivers high speed capabilities in a very small package.


[1] M. Hanlon, “U.S. Navy Orders a Second Trimaran Littoral Combat Ship,” New Atlas, 21 December 2006. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 4 Apr 2018].
[2] R. Cogswell, “Speedboat on Lake Michigan In Chicago,” Wikimedia Commons, 24 Dec 2015. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 21 Apr 2018].
[3] S. Turnock, Writer, Lecture Notes: Recreational and High Speed Craft. [Performance]. University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K., 2008.
[4] A. Molland, Writer, Lecture Notes: Ship Design and Economics. [Performance]. University of Southampton, 2006.
[5] C. McKesson, Writer, Lecture Notes: Advanced Marine Vehicles. [Performance]. University of new Orleans, 2008.