The problem is that its not just the dimples making the golfball go further – it is the spinning and dimples together.
It works because as the ball rotates with backspin because of the slope of the club’s face it pulls air over the top in the backwards direction and underneath in the forwards direction.
This means the effective air velocity over the top is increased and that underneath is reduced.
Yes, it is the same way a wing gets lift. The faster airflow over the top reduces pressure because of Bernoulli and the opposite happens underneath – the ball is really flying something like a wing .. it is gliding.
The old story about a “wing being longer over the top so the air has to go faster is wrong. Otherwise sails, bees, dragonflies, paper planes and balsa gliders which have the same distance both sides of the wing wouldn’t be able to fly.
So if you plan to spin your boat and it is ONLY in Air or only in water without touching the other … you might just be on to something!
There have been numerous attempts to get some “super surface” to work by reducing vortices and keeping the smooth (laminar) flow at the beginning of the hull going for more of the hull length, but none of them have proved practical.
The best solution is a surface that is FAIR – smoothness at the building level and then has a smooth surface as well.
There is not a lot of difference between a nice paint job or a nice paint job plus sanding with about 400 grit wet and dry sandpaper and water using a sanding block – NOT hand held.
This is particularly true for the first part of the hull and the first part of the foils because the water gradually moves from smooth (called laminar) flow to turbulent flow.
You can see the difference if you leave a tap running just slightly faster than dripping so there is a stream. The first part is beautiful and smooth, almost mathematical, but a little further down towards the sink the stream of water suddenly becomes rough and turbulent. This is inevitable. There is less drag on the hull from the smooth flow so it is better to have as much as possible. So it is a good idea to get rid of roughness.
Practically this means that with foils in particular and maybe the front part of the hull it could be sanded. They say spend about 70% of your time getting the first 30% of any boat surface smooth.
Personally I would almost ALWAYS sand foils but usually just try to get a nice paint finish on the hull.
I did see that “Mythbusters” found otherwise with a full sized car. Mythbusters is entertainment and only moves into the area of science occasionally where it won’t spoil the story. Testing flow and drag with something as complicated as a car is very tricky. A dimpled car just possible might have some local effect that might smooth some local drag.
For example if the air going over a particular car normally suddenly changes from smooth flow to turbulent going over the top of the windscreen causing a lot of drag it is possible that just through luck the placement of dimples might reduce that drag enough if the dimples are the right size and just the right position. That’s why such testing is normally done with much simpler shapes.
If dimples did reduce drag in this way, then Boeing and every cargo carrying ship would have been using it for years. But it don’t, so they don’t.
At least until I see a properly referenced and scrutinised scientific paper that says I am not correct (along with Boeing).
If you want to get into wing theory a bit more and want to know why it really works, you need to read Arvel Gentry, who I read when I was about 14 and digested over a couple of years.
He caused so many arguments at the time because people were reluctant to give up the old ideas of “flows faster because of longer distance” and the “air accelerates in the slot between the mainsail and jib” which had been held for a considerable time by aerodynamists and others that should have known better.
Start with Arvel’s “the origins of lift” and work your way through it on Arvelgentry.com
Hope this helps.