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Waves' Effect on Boat Speed

  1. Apr 20, 2005 #1
    Has anyone developed an approximation for the effects of different heights of sea waves on a pleasure boat performance? For example, if in calm water, a powerboat's speed is 20 kts., what would that boat's speed be if the sea conditions changed to 4-6 ft waves while holding all the other parameters constant (engine rpm,etc.)?
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  3. Apr 20, 2005 #2


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    I am honestly out of my area, but I would suspct these effects could all be related to studies of the Froude number for a hull. Perhaps that will give you a starting point. Sorry I am not much help on this one.
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