Originally Posted by northoceanbeach
Dude. It's Florida. What are the waves today, .5 feet with 7 knots of onshore wind?
You don't get killed running aground in a channel when it's 80 degrees outside. It may suck but he's not rounding the cape.
It's Florida. You'll be fine*. We've got lakes in this country rougher than Florida
* unless there's a hurricane
Quite an uneducated comment.
What do you know about sitting in current and dodging bascule bridges in your relative short time sailing? Or coming out a narrow channel winding behind salt marsh's through a 200 ft. wide inlet guarded by rock jetties swept by a 3 knot current into a 15 knot breeze opposing that current with a 4 ft. swell running on the ocean? Hohw often have you done that to comment on it
It's Florida. What are the waves today, .5 feet with 7 knots of onshore wind? You don't get killed running aground in a channel when it's 80 degrees outside. It may suck but he's not rounding the cape. It's Florida. You'll be fine*. We've got lakes in this country rougher than Florida
Interested and funny coming from a person who's experience sailing in the Atlantic Ocean is probably nil let alone where he lives is close to nil in the Pacific. Might be better to comment on things you know or have experience about lest someone new here would actually follow your advice.
Any piece of water anywhere has is issues related to its geography. Once you get some experience in the Atlantic you realize the inlets and waterways can be quite challenging and may not appear to be a serene as you make them out to be. The PNW where you live is similar to Maine and New England, you don't have any monopoly on dangerous conditions there. The Bahamas' Bank is shallow water, 80 degrees outside and would make you sick and beat you up in your 23 footer if you crossed it most afternoons with a 15 knot wind opposing current.
Trade winds and winds blowing counter to the eddies of the Gulf Stream or against the tidal currents of the back island bays when ebbing can create 10-12 foot breakers in narrow Atlantic inlets from Maine to Florida while the conditions in the ocean and bay are a benign 3 feet.
Don't make light of the Florida sailors and their conditions unless you have tested them yourself. Even then don't do it. Your comment was completely unnecessary and untrue.