Extra Mud, nobody is arguing about your point on the need to select the ideal hull for it's intended use. If someone is buying a new boat the factors you mention and more should all be considered. However, all the other reasons to add pods listed here are valid and even more so for those looking to upgrade a boat they already own. From your extremely narrow viewpoint it might come as a surprise that there are even more reasons to add pods besides those already brought up. One of my boats is a commercial model with an airtight front deck. In order to expand on the places this boat is safe to run, I'm considering having custom made pods built that will be the full height of the transom in order to create massive level flotation capacity without taking up one square inch of people and equipment space. While everyone would agree selecting the right hull on a new boat is critically important, there are lots of good reasons people might consider adding pods to their current rig.