Bow wave

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Bow Wave

A bow wave is the wave that forms at the bow of a ship. The bow wave of a ship is determined by the ships speed, and the coefficients of form that define the vessels shape. The bow wave is what makes up a large portion a vessels wake and a leading contributor to wave making resistance and the overall resistance imparted on a vessel as it travels through the water. In an effort to combat large bow waves many vessels have been designed or retrofitted with a bulbous bow.

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