Was thinking today about rigging up a mold for making pontoons. Then I'm reminded about the textured surface on golf balls making it fly farther. I wonder if there's a texture which would make a boat hull glide through water easier?
Beyond that, might there be a surfacing material which could be added to the gel color coat to do the same job? I know there are paints which help prevent stuff from sticking to the hull, but that's an after-the-fact additional coating. It might be good to mold the hull with any such additive included directly into the finish coat, which in the case of fiberglassing would be in the gel coat.
I'm not up on anything which might be a recent advance in fiberglass and resin technology, so I really don't know if there is any material or method which would result in a lower friction hull. Anybody more clued in than me?
Maybe I just build it smooth then rub a dead fish all over it-