Originally Posted by Derrick
I can follow the advice to trim up in a following sea this makes good sense and with judicial use of throttles hope not to submarine. What I find more difficult to rationalise is the advice to trim the bow down in a head sea. It may seem that this could set the bow at a disadvantage in two ways,
1......it may tend not to rise quite so readily
Derrick, if you think about the weight distribution on most ribs and other planing powerboats, this is never going to be a problem in a head sea. In reality your biggest problem is keeping the bow from pointing at the stars, hence the need to trim down.
With ribs in particular having a tube full of air round the bow giving maybe a ton or so of buoyancy, it would be very unlikely that the bow would try and go through a wave rather than over it.