Boat stability is an incredibly important factor to consider, when you're looking at different makes and models and trying to decide which boat to buy. But, how can you tell if a boat will be rock solid, versus rocking and rolling like crazy? In this short video Senior Editor Lenny Rudow discusses some different hull design factors that have an important effect on stability.


As stated in the video, there are plenty of other factors to take into account. And of course, stability alone isn't the end-all, be-all trait of any specific model. All boats have their up-sides and their down-sides. But a boat that isn't very stable will not only be uncomfortable, it'll often lead to misery aboard, as your crew gets green around the gills and starts suffering from seasickness. So the next time you're shopping for a boat, make sure stability is on your list of important factors to pay attention to.

You say that no matter how stable a boat is, you or a loved one always seems to get seasick? We've got you covered—read Feeling Funky? 5 Secret Ways to Stop Feeling Seasick.

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.