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ya i just got back off the harbor patrol boat. And when coming into the basin there was 10' waves and was crazy. we had to surf them in.

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kiltmadoc,

it's clear from your pixs you're going through Woods Hole (Nobska Light is in background in photo 2), one of the most treacherous cuts on the east coast due to the ledges and the strong currents that often run counter to the channel. I've passed through many times and always try to enter at slack tide. glad you made it safely through. it's not for nothing the coast guard base is located at Little Harbor at the eastern entrance to WH. what is your home port, btw? I sail out of east falmouth in the summer.
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what is your home port, btw? I sail out of east falmouth in the summer.
Yes, it was woods hole. The first time through, we didnt know any better. A few days later; the second time through (backwards again), we didnt have any other choice if we were going to make it to Cuttyhunk before midnight.

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we have a similar issue here at the beaufort (ft macon) inlet..

on a NE wind and falling tide the water can move 7-8 knotts... coming into the inlet you are nose into the wind.... when you tack, you loose more ground that you could ever make up, and being a narrow channel, you are tacking often...

Once it was getting dark and we were full throttle on the yanmar, and still took 1.5 hours to go a few hundred yards......

now we sail with the tides.
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