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post #3 of Old 12-27-2013
S/V Lilo, Islander 32
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Re: How much wave/swell is too much?

Depends a lot on the time between swells as newhaul said. A rule of thumb I've heard is when the height gets more then the period, it's getting bad. 10 feet at 16 seconds is rolly, but not bad. 8 feet at 6 seconds though would be way worse.

Our boat is similar to yours, 32 feet, 10 foot beam. We've been in 8 - 10 foot waves a lot off the washington coast, and as long as the period is 12 - 15 seconds it's no big deal safety wise.

S/V Lilo
1964 Islander 32
Saint Helens, OR
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