I mean like a stance or something without grasping an object like a rope or other solid object to not sweep away. When I mean armed I mean something like a sword, spear, or other melee weapon.

The example that I found regarding armed fighting on ship is from another SE, but I can't read or get the context.

From the Royal Museums Greenwich Instructions for training a ships crew in the use of arms in attack and defence by Lieutenant William Pringle Green and another for unarmed from Savate/Chausson/French KickBoxing, but I don't get the context or the application to stay balanced while fighting on ship.

From what I get, it is more about disrupting the opponent's balance technique without context to counter enemy's attempt in disrupting the person's balance.

The image is from: History of Savate

Brevet de buxe et de Chausson

If this is considered too broad then just focus on the armed technique or trick. I am more curious regarding armed fighting on a ship, minus knife fighting though.

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    Look into Wing Chun and the "red boat" period of its history. Wing Chun supposedly went through stance and structural changes to accommodate life on a boat. Not all branches of Wing Chun practice the same kinds of stances that we generally see in Wing Chun today. Commented Dec 14, 2019 at 3:20
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    Also realize, that smaller boats such as the one depicted here (Small in context to modern ships), is that the motion of the waves and such in the ocean would cause the deck to rise/fall and pitch, even in relatively calm seas.
    – JohnP
    Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 13:57

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In the absence of other responses, I will give a kung fu perspective. I have no personal experience with savate, so I cannot productively comment on it or your reference.

Your normal fighting stance should be flexible and adaptive to allow movement in multiple directions and stability from force in multiple directions. You can train this by maintaining your stance somewhere that subjects you to unexpected forces. This does not need to be a ship; a bus or train will allow you space to stand up and practice at maintaining your stance while subject to bumps (on buses), acceleration, braking, and forces from turning. In any of these situations, you practice supporting yourself using your legs, absorbing forces and trying not to step. You need to find the right combination of strength and relaxation to do this without relying on hand supports.

I do not think it matters whether you have a weapon.

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    Made a minor spelling fix. The answer looks good. Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 20:17

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