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    How fast do ships have to be traveling for the bow waves and wakes to take on a ‘v’ form (with the ship at the point)? As I finish up my ACW naval re-basing, I’m wondering if it really is appropriate to paint ‘v’ shaped bow waves. Or, if the vessel is only traveling 4 to 8 knots, would a simple straight wake immediately behind the ship and a simple bow wave just at the bow be more appropriate? Any fluid dynamics specialist on TWW?

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    No, but a duck can leave a wake on still water, and I don’t think that’s doing as much as 4-8 knots. It’ll depend on the interaction of the vessel’s speed, the depth of the water, and the water surface state, I think.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wake may help.

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