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Old 03-13-2019, 08:20 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Sabre602 View Post
It's not a simple answer. Properly designed, it may improve fuel economy. But...yeah, it's not a simple answer. Here are what a couple of naval architects have to say on the matter:

Bray Yacht Design & Research Ltd - Bulbous Bows

George Buehler's thoughts on bulb bows

I wish these articles (all articles) had dates. We are always learning and evolving. My guess is that both are pretty old.

I also suspect there is much more understanding of the exact dynamics of a bow and hull form. Good computer modeling should have removed all the mystery from this, but who knows. Certainly not me.
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