PHD or Plate Hull Design is a system of internal structure and build features fundamentally different to a pressed tinnie. Just increasing material thickness from 3mm to 4mm is not a plate boat. When we say fundamentally different we mean everything, both the raw materials (more about that under the Icon 5083 High Tensile) and the build standard are irrefutably different to a pressed tinnie.
This part might bore some people but hardcore researchers read on…
The internal structure is welded north south as opposed to east west, or more importantly a better way to put it is to say the internal structure travels in the same direction as the water flows under the hull, therefore you can’t get hard points to distort the hull shape from heavy use.
The fully staged welded stringers consolidates the contact load point and transfers it through to the keeper plates. The keeper plates and the floating floor braces are each 4mm thick, thats 8mm thick at each contact point, as far as we are aware our keeper plate systems are an industry first.
Our Plate Hull Design (PHD) has a floating floor brace system so water can freely drain down the side of the stringer to the bilge and out the bung.
Our customers have been using this system for over 15 years in some of the harshest environments on the planet, from Bass Straight south to endless corrugated roads in the north and we have never seen a failed stringer, cracked keel or chine.
The largest benefits to this system really isn’t just the tough build, it’s the Variable Deadrise Hull (VDH) and the Convex Hydrodynamic hull shape. The strength of the hull will hold this shape from day 1 to every adventure after that.