Operating in waves

Discussion in 'Hydrodynamics and Aerodynamics' started by Rhys2908, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. Rhys2908
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    Rhys2908 Junior Member

    We all know ships operate the majority of their working lives (~80%) in waves as opposed to calm water. But where can I find literature to back up this claim? Or how can I prove this myself?
  2. mydauphin
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    mydauphin Senior Member

    The minute you leave the protection of a bay, so unless you spend your time navigating rivers and lakes you will see waves and storms. Planet earth is all about weather. So I would your chance of running into some waves is over 95%. The question is, what constitute bad weather for your location and boat.
  3. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Wave exist in rivers, bays and every sort of puddle too, so it's relative term and a state of being if you're a vessel.
  4. Mr Efficiency
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    Mr Efficiency Senior Member

    Wacky question, looking for written confirmation of something "we all know". Look in the manual of common sense.

  5. Kailani
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    Kailani Senior Member

    For an academic project, you could start with buoy data from http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/ Take the NOAA annual data text files under history from buoys along a route and put into a spreadsheet.
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