This paper summarizes the results from the SNAME funded T&R grant titled Preliminary Development of the Next Generation of Stability Criteria for Small Fishing Boats. The principal goal of this project was to take a broad look at effects of head and following waves on the current still water based stability evaluation methods to focus the needs for future research in the development of new performance based stability criteria. The wave effects were calculated using an off the shelf naval architect software package of the type typically used in small fishing vessel stability evaluations to explore the ability of these software packages to perform cost effective meaningful stability research. The use of the off the shelf naval architect software package also allowed the authors to explore new performance based stability criteria formats that utilized software and basic concepts already available to the naval architect.

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