The speed reduction, additional resistance or slamming, which are caused by the large amplitude of ship motions, should be restricted completely for oceangoing large fast ship, because of the strict time-punctuality and high value of the cargo. In the present work, comparison of seaworthiness properties, such as no speed reduction and absolutely no slamming, is made among four types of ship hulls, i.e. mono-hull, ordinary SWATH, trimaran and Resonance-Motion-Free SWATH (RMFS). The last one can be regarded as a special type of catamaran. As a result of extremely small water plane, the restoring moments are negative for the RMFS hull, which leads to free of resonance in the motion responses. Experiments in towing tank and calculations are carried out to examine hydrodynamic forces and motion responses in waves. Calculations are generally based on potential theory modified by adding the viscous effects and including fin lifts. The results of RMFS are compared with those of mono-hull ship, ordinary SWATH ship as well as trimaran ship. The heave motion responses of RMFS are very small in comparison with those of other ship hulls. On the other hand, the pitch motion responses of RMFS are considerably small in comparison with those of mono-hull or trimaran, but are not as small as expected in comparison with those of ordinary SWATH. The reason is that a soft spring system is applied in experiments, to replace the proportional control action supplied by the fin lift. The spring system can not make use of the advantage of the negative restoring moment, which is a characteristic of RMFS. Accordingly, a new control system of ship motion by means of the lift force from fins should be developed.

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