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The Wiebel boat has four planing pods. See the image. Why?


Well, the simple answer is, the boat has four planing pods because a car has four wheels. It provides maximal stability and a minimal contact with the water. 

Three may also work, but four provides a good roll axis on both the left side and the right side of the boat. Another way of putting it is that the boat needs a stepped hull on both sides, which results in four planing pods.