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Old 07-20-2008
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Originally Posted by Boasun View Post
Surfing down the 30' wave is not a big deal. It is when you get to the bottom of that wave and bury your bow into the trough and that wave pitch poles your boat over and it is now belly up. Now that would be a bit dis-concerning. To put it mildly. Well maybe more than mildly. And if by chance you could turn before your bow buries into the trough, then that breaking wave will broach your vessel. Either event happening the survival is practically nil to naught.
Think about it!! You don't want to pitch pole or broach your vessel if you want to survive at sea.

Well said Boasun. Above 40 knots of wind and seas buildiing to a mere 18-20 feet, you shift from sailing to surviving - and you hope you don't do something really stupid. In 30' seas the thought of surfing down one, never enters your mind.
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