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Of course, even to be perceived as a rogue wave, it would have to hit you and at the right angle and time, and speed. If you were on a broad reach, but going well, and the "rogue" wasn't breaking, you might just be lifted and carried along pleasantly. I suppose you might be at the top, looking around and saying "Hey, I see land...odd...I should see land for six hours yet..." but otherwise it could be benign.
I've seen and been in large Lake Ontario waves, and the effect of a "surprise" one was to essentially bury the bow and get about a foot of green water running straight back to the cockpit. The thing I remember, however, was the sound of the prop (I had the engine running at low speed because I thought I might have to come in in a hurry) coming free of the water. Never hear that before and would prefer not to hear it again.