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Re: 9 foot waves with a 6 second period currently on Lake Ontario
Personally find you need to consider both wave height and period. Totally agree the short period seen on the Great Lakes, eastern shore inlets, north side compression zone of windwards all are miserable. Whereas ocean swells can get truly large and if period is long enough of little consequence.
Still, find a confused sea with several wave trains coming at you from different directions is the worse. Had occasion to get stuck in the Gulf Stream in gale force Wave height, direction and period was all over the place. Couldn’t even sit on the pot without a hand on the over head and one on a handhold. Sleeping was out of the question. Airborne. Wave heights weren’t extreme as they were blown down in the rain but it was miserable and scary. Had no choice as if we got through the stream the other side was fine and storm force was following us.
Ships sink in the Great Lakes and the make songs about it. They have Mac and boats get blown over and capsize. Have great respect for Great Lake sailors.