What does it mean if something ''on the beam"?

What does it mean in this particular sentence?

"Weather and seas were directly on the beam."

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  • 6 months ago
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    To the side. The beam is the wide part of the ship (perpendicular to for and aft/prow to stern, perpendicular to the keel), so weather on the beam is to one side or the other. When you are sailing, it is nice to have wind from slightly off the beam, but the ship will rock terribly if you take storm waves on the beam.

  • RP
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    It probably means exactly as predicted or expected.

  • 6 months ago

    On the side of the boat. Coming from the side of the boat, not the front or the back.

  • 6 months ago

    Beam is a sailing term, meaning to the side. On a boat, when the waves are coming from the side it can be most uncomfortable and dangerous depending on the size of the boat.

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