quartering sea

quartering sea

[′kwȯrd·ə·riŋ ′sē]
(navigation)
Waves moving in a direction approximately 45° from a vessel's heading, striking the vessel on the quarter.
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Rochelle said wherever he goes, he looks for the path of least resistance: "I try and run the troughs as opposed to a head sea or quartering sea.
Along with a summary of what happened, the flyer also highlights important safety lessons for the fishing community regarding the fitting of EPIRBs with an integral GNSS receiver; ensuring that freeing ports are of the correct size and are functioning; and, quartering seas creating a broaching risk for well-found vessels.