Originally Posted by Minnewaska
I have a buddy that never sailed outside the Chessy decide to bring his boat to RI in order to get some ocean sailing experience. The first time I took him to the Islands, conditions were pretty tame. Waves were a couple of feet and winds light. I think the next time he went alone, waves were 8ish feet, tight period and winds over 20. The ocean isn't always the ocean.
I sailed on Buzzards Bay and environs (Vineyard Sound, etc.) for 40 yrs and in many ways, those venues can be more dangerous and challenging than blue water. You're right, large square waves are a b*tch and then there's tidal currents strong winds, fog, commercial traffic......the list goes on.