In this paper various techniques of dynamical system analysis are used to analyze the effect of damping on large amplitude nonlinear ship-rolling motion of a patrol vessel. In particular steady state magnification curves, Poincare maps are for harmonic forcing and project phase planes are for random forcing. It has been found that varying amounts of damping substantially affect the vessel’s critical behavior. This is important since most stability regulations ignore damping and solely concentrate on the vessel’s righting ram curve. Moreover roll damping is difficult to predict accurately and small changes in damping may have a significant effect.