Ocean Stability of a Box-Shaped Barge

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Jzyehoshua, Apr 11, 2022.


Would a flat-bottomed box-shaped barge be seaworthy?

Poll closed Apr 25, 2022.
  1. Yes

    3 vote(s)
  2. No

    3 vote(s)
  3. Uncertain

    2 vote(s)
  1. Kayakmarathon
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    Kayakmarathon Senior Member

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these posts.

  2. Squidly-Diddly
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    Squidly-Diddly Senior Member

    Some Ark believers did claim they went to nautical model ship testing pool and determined the dimensions/ratios of Ark was about perfect for weathering stormy seas, according to tests done by actual NAs.

    Not sure if they factored in windage/anti-broaching, but I do remember they tried tweaking the ratios outside the Ark's specs and began to run into trouble.

    If there is a "golden ratio" for barge in waves, it does seem like it might be the sort of thing discovered by trial and error in antiquity the first time some guy built a set of floating docks.
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