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Old 06-16-2011
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You have been given some good advise. Just attempt to stop the pounding.

I also agree with don't want to find 8' to 10' ers on L. Michigan. However, if you do, don't forget to look back when you start up the next wave. That wall of water looks like it is 20' and coming to get you. Don't stop!
5' waves are relatively calm. It feels like 8' is double 5' and 10' is just huge. On rare occassions the lake can stir up some really big stuff of 15'+ but that is far more than small craft warnings and you have plenty of notice. The freighters are hiding behind something for those mothers.

Your boat should handle 8-10', as mine can, but I try not to get into that position as I don't handle it nearly as well as the boat. Almost lost a wife a couple of years ago in 8's, and it was not because she was going over board. The only reason she would be standing up would have been to kill me for putting her there. We survived it, but now SHE checks the weather forecasts on the rare day she sails with me.
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Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
Great input everyone.

Hopefully I won't be in 8-10 footers for a few seasons. I delivered the boat from Chicago to Milwaukee in a small craft advisory (motoring). The waves were probably 5 foot, but they looked plenty big to me.

Is it possible to look ahead a few waves to plan which spot is best to aim for, or does the profile of the wave front change too quickly to make a difference? (maybe to avoid what looks like could be a breaking wave)

Is it the same idea going downwind? Square-up the stern to the wave as you approach the peak, then head back up to your course? (ie:go over the peak perpendicular to the wave)
Even if you were motoring, it'd been much more comfy with at least a small bit of sail up to stabilize the boat's motion. And if you were motoring in L. Michigan 10'ers, you wouldn't be going against them anywhere fast if anywhere at all. Downwind, close to perpendicular, but not quite... don't want to round down in a trough either.
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