Scow hulls are not new. Racing scow boats originated many decades ago in the USA and they continue to populate the Melges catalogue. Peter Milne’s clever Fireball was nothing if not a 1962 stitch-andglue version of a scow boat – with generous forward volumes intrinsically linked to the aft hull design to ensure the hull pitches upwards as it is powered up. The resultant hydrostatic force when the boat pitches up can be described as the ‘spatulate effect’.
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