Originally Posted by puddinlegs
Not to be rude, but really, while the internet is a great place to have questions answered, good old fashioned reading and research are still a great way to answer basic seamanship questions, not to mention an excuse to build a small library (or ebook library if you want to save space!) of resource material for your own 'search' function. The internet is a much better place for answering practical experiential problems like, "When we did X, Y happened. We expected Z. What did we do? Any thoughts?", or when looking for very specific, localized information. The question that the OP poses is fine, but there's clearly a level of inexperience that's hard to address without going through half of a basic cruising manual. Again, this is said with due respect, so apologies if any offense is taken. It isn't my intent at all.
The OP was the type of post that cries out for the 'newbie' to be mocked, jeered and poked with a stick and yet it must be said that this kind of question often kicks off interesting discussions that we might not have otherwise had. I'm not disagreeing with you btw and I too often wonder why people cannot simply use the Google button before an initial post but hey, first up posts can be difficult.
Back to the issue at hand, DGBenner, even on a perfectly calm evening and especially close to shore the ocean tends to heave, or at least it does in these here parts. Even motoring offshore on a perfectly windless night can be quite uncomfortable.