Clyde, you've mentioned the SK article five times at this point, lighten up, OK? I've read the SK article by Dyson, and also his (rare) monograph on which it's based. There is not much definitive in the article, but a lot of intelligent speculation which can serve as a road map for future research.
Dyson quotes Clauser, who did important early boundary layer research - I know, because I reviewed it during my graduate research on turbulent boundary layers. Clauser's comments are speculative at best, and refer to flow over elastic surfaces, which is maybe not exactly the same thing as flow over a flexing hull. There is still work to be done on deciding how to characterize where elastic surfaces cross over into flexible hulls.
I've just been asked to review a new book, "Boundary Layer Flow over Elastic Surfaces" a review of the state of the art. I'm hoping it will illuminate some of the important issues in considering this kind of flow - I'll link to my review when done.
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