The problem is that the mean-height in a storm is far different than on a calm day. For the structure to withstand the rogue waves in a storm, rather than a rogue wave on a calm day, is more to the point.
Say someone built for that 6 ft calm-weather rogue, then got hit with the 90 ft rogue from Ivan. This is a serious issue. Underestimating the forces of nature inevitable end with death and destruction.
My personal idea is to design the structure, but leave for the event. I plan to be permanently moored in the GoM. I was considering Oregon, but between Fukushima and the on-going red-tide, it’s not worth that battle, for me. I was working with several universities in the Pac NW, including Canada, when I became aware of the red-tide issue and its’ relation to the blob.
Since I am planning for the GoM, I need to be structured for hurricane alley. Not stupid enough to want to ride-out a hurricane, but I intend for the structure to withstand it, while me and mine are safely ashore, in a shelter.
To that end, I need my design to be strong, and to shed water. no horizontal hatches on deck, no hatchways facing the bow, and some very expensive, strong glazing.
In addition, I expect to use an active ballast-damping system, which can also be manually loaded for a bow-high attitude, to help cope with oncoming waves, as well as a passive design that is resistant to being overturned, and has an effective heave-plate structure.
Once prepped for the oncoming storm, simply evacuate, like the offshore rigs do, and return once the storm passes. Leave recording systems on and see what happens. As I gather more info, I will know what storms I can ride-out and which ones to avoid. no sense in being a loose egg inside and splattering myself on the walls…
Just found this…
“Big waves along Washington’s coast. High energy The Pacific Northwest coast has one of the highest wave energy levels in the world. Wave heights on average are large…”