Riding the waves and living to tell the tale

Large waves from behind are a threat to any ship. Dr Matteo Bonci (Marin) studied the dynamics of fast ships in following seas and came up with design recommendations.

Stern waves can through boats off course: broaching. (Photo: Youtube|Alex)

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Best watch a short video to get an idea of broaching – the loss of control over a ship because of a large stern wave. At best, broaching sets the ship seriously off course. At worst, the ship will end up sideways to the waves and tip over. It’s every captain’s nightmare, especially on small fast boats.