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When a wave is encountered, the lack of buoyancy means the hull pierces through the water rather than riding over the top - resulting in a smoother ride than traditional designs, and in diminished stress (mechanics) on the vessel and crew. It also reduces a boat's wave-making resistance.
Design theory calls for very long thin hulls, so in practice most are multi-hulls such as catamarans.
The reduced buoyancy can be a problem in rough sea, because the ship isn't lifted above the wave as much.
- Axe bow
- Inverted bow
- HSV-2 Swift
- HMAS Jervis Bay (AKR-45)
- Zumwalt class destroyer
- Earthrace, later renamed MY Ady Gil
- Incat, a pioneer of the design
- USA 17: a boat that raced in the America's Cup
- USS Independence (LCS-2): high-speed trimaran warship
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