One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mass of waves coming from directly in front of a ship.‘we tried out the boat in a steep head sea’
- ‘The wind then came ahead creating very heavy head seas that continually broke over the ship's bow leaving it awash for minutes at a time.’
- ‘Soon the Prince of Scandinavia reached the North Sea, picked up speed, and took on a gentle movement in a slight head sea.’
- ‘Grady's hull is designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and has some serious deadrise amidships - about 30 degrees - and is designed to slice through head seas yet give stability at the dock or while trolling.’
- ‘The 31 is easily controlled whether in head seas, following seas, fighting a fish or docking at a marina.’
- ‘The vessel displays the expected excellent sea keeping of the Interceptor 42 providing a soft ride into head seas and excellent handing down wind in following seas.’
- ‘Indeed, in a head sea of any magnitude, solid water often swept over the pilothouse.’
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