Seakeeping performance of a planing boat should be sufficiently considered and evaluated at the design stage for its safe running in rough seas. Model tests in seakeeping model basins are often performed to predict the performance of full-scale planing boats. But, there are many limitations of tank size and wave maker capacity, in particular, for fast small planing boats due to small scale ratio and high Froude numbers of their scale models. In this research, scale model tests are tried in various test conditions, and results are summarized and analyzed to predict a 3 ton-class fast small planing boats designed. In a long and narrow tank, towing tests for a bare hull model are performed with regular head waves and long crested irregular head waves. Motion RAOs are derived from irregular wave tests, and they are in good agreements with RAOs in regular waves. Next, model ships with one water-jet propulsion system are built, and free running model tests are performed in ocean basins. Wave conditions such as significant heights, modal periods, and directions are varied for the free running tests. Motion RMS values, and RAOs are obtained through statistical approaches. They are compared with the results in captive tests for the bare hull model, and are used to predict the full-scale boat performances.

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