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Crossing A Bar In A Yacht

hi all, i`m very new to sailing and only have experience with power boats. i have tried to find info on crossing river bars in yachts but all the info seems directed towards power boats and they overlook the real nitty gritty in a yacht. coming in through a bar in a power boat...pick a wave and sit on the back of it and ride it in is ok with 200hp but with my little 8hp struggling to push a heavy load...well.... the thought of waves coming up behind me and running through me is not a nice thought... also, going out across a bar with 200hp is ok.. just power up the wave and then off the power to gently land on the other side...... but with a 8hp whining its way up a wave, i have visions of being pushed backwards and upwards with my bow reaching for the stars. do i cross with sails up, combinations of sail and motor, motor only,etc.etc. does anyone have the answers for me as i`m planning a trip that will involve many bar crossings... thanks

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