How much wave/swell is too much?
We have a Pearson 30 which is considered a tender boat.
It's 30' with a 9.5' beam.
At what point would waves/swell become uncomfortable and/or dangerous for a boat this size?
We dealt with some big breaking waves on Lake Michigan, but they were very close together and I have no idea how big they were. We had a "crisis" at the time and wave height determination was the least of my worries at the time.
Anyway, at what point is it a very bad idea to be on the ocean?
I asked this because I just ran across the article where 5 vessels got into trouble in 8' waves offshore. That doesn't seem very big to me.
Can someone educated me a little?