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Old 01-10-2019, 03:15 AM   #1
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52 foot seas anyone?

Just happened to be cruising the internet this morning and noticed the weather off the Aleutians. Hmm, how would you boys with the Grand Banks or bad-ass Nordies enjoy this weather?

52 foot seas and 70 knot hurricane force winter winds!

The nice, boring Persian Gulf is starting to sound not so bad after all

Here's the link, just so you check for small-craft warning before you head out this morning for some enjoyable fishing:
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:10 AM   #2
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The OP’s hubris aside, it reminds me of this vid I found before thinking about the thread of “heavy seas.” Here’s a ship we all own, with it’s bow 70’ high chopping the top 10” off waves and throwing it 400’ back. Great video:

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Pretty common up there.

When stationed on Kodiak the skipper used to laugh at the guys in Miami when they were having a hurricane. He would joke that he had 3 hurricane foce stoms at the same time in Kodiaks OPAREA often multiple times a winter.

We punched through a storm where we had above gale force winds for 5 days and one day/night og 60 foot waves enroute from Seattle to Dutch Harbor.

30 footers were common in the N. Pacific, but the much smaller waves in the Bearing Sea were mord like N Atlantic waves...much more uncomfortable for their size.
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Pretty common up there.

When stationed on Kodiak the skipper used to laugh at the guys in Miami when they were having a hurricane. He would joke that he had 3 hurricane foce stoms at the same time in Kodiaks OPAREA often multiple times a winter.

We punched through a storm where we had above gale force winds for 5 days and one day/night og 60 foot waves enroute from Seattle to Dutch Harbor.

30 footers were common in the N. Pacific, but the much smaller waves in the Bearing Sea were mord like N Atlantic waves...much more uncomfortable for their size.
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I've had many times I wished it would go down to 52'.Click image for larger version

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ID:	84108 This isn't 52' but it eventually got to that. This is the start of the Thanksgiving storm of 1983, it blew over 100 for three days and our turkey was still dry. That's me with my hand on the gallows and the trawler is the 90' Endurance out of New Bedford.
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I've had many times I wished it would go down to 52'.Attachment 84108 This isn't 52' but it eventually got to that. This is the start of the Thanksgiving storm of 1983, it blew over 100 for three days and our turkey was still dry. That's me with my hand on the gallows and the trawler is the 90' Endurance out of New Bedford.
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Pretty common up there.

When stationed on Kodiak the skipper used to laugh at the guys in Miami when they were having a hurricane. He would joke that he had 3 hurricane foce stoms at the same time in Kodiaks OPAREA often multiple times a winter.

We punched through a storm where we had above gale force winds for 5 days and one day/night og 60 foot waves enroute from Seattle to Dutch Harbor.

30 footers were common in the N. Pacific, but the much smaller waves in the Bearing Sea were mord like N Atlantic waves...much more uncomfortable for their size.
While I agree that you seldom see the same seas in the Bering that you get in the Gulf of Alaska by far the largest sea I've been in was on the Grand Banks in the N. Atlantic and an equal in the North Sea. Interestingly the largest accurately recorded open ocean wave was in the central Pacific, 120 ft. it's the distance between crests that makes the biggest difference though.
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Forecasting has improved tremendously in the last 25 years or so. I remember a spring break weekend windsurfing trip that turned epic and tragic for some in 1993. The luxury of now having a 64k ft view a keyboard click away should keep most people in port unless their job requires they be out there. I wouldn’t even consider taking one of the new FPBs out in that forecast. Just because a boat can do it doesn’t mean you should. We are pleasure boaters after all and if it isn’t fun your probably not doing something right.
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Fear is a fun topic. Seems it should be instinctual but it's individual.

In Shipboard Firefighting Class some of guys were skipping to the back of the line to try to avoid going in the metal box with the fire. Some were grizzled, old fishing crew who routinely faced 50 foot seas without breaking a sweat. "As long as it doesn't make me spill my coffee".

There are definitely direct-connect, visceral, panic-inducing experiences for people but they are individual.
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Southern Ocean is no charmer either.

The icebreaker I was on, lost the top 39 foot landing craft that was nestled with another that were lashed down 30 feet above the waterline...on the trip before mine. Thankfully my 4 crossings to Antarctica were fairly calm in comparison.

Only place on earth where the wind doesn't encounter land circling the globe. Another place where it gets ugly fast, and doesn't have to be record heights to be really ugly.

It is funny Boat, what fears can do and how different they can be.
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Fear is a fun topic. Seems it should be instinctual but it's individual.

In Shipboard Firefighting Class some of guys were skipping to the back of the line to try to avoid going in the metal box with the fire. Some were grizzled, old fishing crew who routinely faced 50 foot seas without breaking a sweat. "As long as it doesn't make me spill my coffee".

There are definitely direct-connect, visceral, panic-inducing experiences for people but they are individual.
I've never had fear but I was very concerned a few times.
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In Shipboard Firefighting Class some of guys were skipping to the back of the line to try to avoid going in the metal box with the fire.

I still remember that box - wow that was fun! It was like 500 degrees in there or something
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