Factors to consider when it comes to entry when buying a boat:
A 40 degree entry sounds impressive and it is.
Our research has shown a 40 degree entry is as sharp as you can push the pointy end of a boat. Go too sharp and you risk broaching, go too blunt and this hurts the ride. A 40 degree entry sits in the Goldilocks zone, not too blunt and not too sharp.
What is the fullness of the bow like? This is the volume of the entry or the resistance it has to bury deep into a wave. Very handy in heavy seas or if you’re going down the face of a wave, especially if you’d prefer to stay on top of the ocean. It can happen to the most experienced captains through no fault of their own, just a change in the weather means you have to make a run for it. A full bow is a vital part of the boat and a part of the boat that should not be overlooked. Tabs boats being wide and deep are unmistakably full.
Last but not least is the shouldering of the sheet. For the interested, this is the sheet material itself resisting bending as it transfers from the amidships “V”, to the sharpest part of the boat the entry “V”. A Tabs being a variable deadrise hull means the shouldering effect is stretched over nearly half the boat. It’s one of the main reasons trimmed in or bow down they go so well in short sharp chop, they feel like they’re glued to the water. If the V is concentrated over a short distance the shouldering will be prominent, the front will look bulbous or rounded instead of a nice clean ‘V”. A rounded front will cause the vessel to go airborne off a wave, looks good in pictures but not much fun for you, your passengers or your gear in real life.