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0 - 4 foot 9 15.79%
5 - 9 foot 24 42.11%
10 - 14 foot 15 26.32%
15 - 19 foot 3 5.26%
20 - 24 foot 3 5.26%
25 - 29 foot 2 3.51%
30 - 34 foot 0 0%
35 - 39 foot 0 0%
40 + foot 1 1.75%
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What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in?

What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in?

With this Hurricane Sandy happening yesterday they were getting waves of like 40 foot offshore. Even today they still have waves of 20 foot offshore.
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Re: What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in?

Remember that height is only one part of the equation. Period is just as important. Last year we ran unto 20' waves with a 15 sec period, no big deal. Crossing the Gulfstream we had 15; waves with a 6 sec period, a lousy ride.

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Re: What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in?

Hey Chris,


It is not the size that matters but the type of waves. I have sailed many times with 20/25ft waves that does not represent any problem and I have sailed in 10/15ft waves that were a lot nastier, steeper and partially breaking.

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Re: What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in?

Can you clarify wave period . 6 foot waves on Chesapeake will stop you dead in the water going to windward as they come in 6-9 second intervals. When we are in he Atlantic 6-8 foot at 15 second intervals is easily sailed.

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Re: What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in?

It's shouldn't be a question of "What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in", but are you capable of surviving whatever you may encounter when you are sailing. For instance, a summer squall off the west coast of Florida. A lovely sail until it's not;can you get through the squall safely? Do you know how to reef, heave-to or even run under bare poles?
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Re: What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in?

Size alone doesn't tell you much. Size, shape, period and whether or not they're breaking is what you need to know.

It's only ashore that size alone matters!
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Can you clarify wave period . 6 foot waves on Chesapeake will stop you dead in the water going to windward as they come in 6-9 second intervals. When we are in he Atlantic 6-8 foot at 15 second intervals is easily sailed.

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Period is what you are refering to as "interval". Period is a more textbook term.

"Swell Period (SwP)
This is the peak period in seconds of the swells. If more than one swell is present, this is the period of the swell containing the maximum energy"

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Re: What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in?

I'll go out in 6/8 foot if there is enough wind and not dropping off too much. Hate getting out and end up bobbing around without wind. Don't do it to prove anything to anybody, usually go alone. Its fun for a few hours then I'm done, short period steep faces gets to be a workout holding on. I've been in bigger 10/12 but didn't go out got caught out. Seem to come home from vacation every year in small craft near gale conditions.
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Re: What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in?

For me, as I begin exiting the channel, I am assessing the wave height and the distance between the peaks. I'm looking at the condition of the surface of the water and how the waves are breaking. I then look out and try to assess the condition of the seas I may be in should I decide to leave the channel.

All this plays a part in whether I will head out or not. Of course none of this even considers NOAA weather or any other weather reports. That also plays a part in the decision to leave safe harbor.
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Re: What is the biggest waves you would go sailing in?

40+ is fine. I'm not scared of anything.
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