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Old 01-22-2014, 07:52 AM   #81
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My boat could do that!
Once. Then I'd be swimming with the Orcas and Salmon!
I hear ya!

Ronlord, that's a great shot! Please tell your son I said thanks for his service and to stay safe out there.

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Old 01-22-2014, 10:05 AM   #82
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My son does this for a living - USCG Motor Lifeboat Station Humboldt Bay.

I love it! Would love to do it (in those boats). And, I thank your son for doing it.... as well as, what that training enables him to really do in saving lives!!
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:11 PM   #83
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You can't be in a rush to cross the bar. Patience and timing is everything...
Alaskan Sea-Duction:
Thanks for the blog, it's good prep for the rookies among us.

In your blog on the Columbia crossing you said " When we got inside we had to still get across these huge breakers to the starboard. I quickly learned how to do this by observing the charter boat. Stern to the wave and maneuver your boat sideways or horizontal starboard. It worked and we finally started up the channel toward Astoria"

I don't understand what you mean by "stern to the wave and maneuver your boat sideways or horizontal starboard"?

Were the breakers crossing your path so you had to find a way to move laterally through them without getting caught broadside? Does 'horizontal starboard' mean coaxing the boat to starboard while keeping your stern as square as possible to the breakers?

I have a 1978 Seaquest 38 with a single screw 185 hp diesel and am contemplating a bar crossing this summer and want to know everything.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:43 PM   #84
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FYI, a new show started a few weeks ago on the Weather Channel: Coast Guard Cape Disappointment (Sunday at 10:00 Pacific here). Segments on a variety of rescues and training around the area of the CR bar. Some great footage of the 47' motor lifeboat in action along with helos and the 25'er, too. You get a good look at the bar in a variety of conditions and what a great job our CG does every day.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:43 PM   #85
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Here's a lesson in how not to do it.

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Old 03-04-2014, 03:39 PM   #86
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Alaskan Sea-Duction:
Thanks for the blog, it's good prep for the rookies among us.

In your blog on the Columbia crossing you said " When we got inside we had to still get across these huge breakers to the starboard. I quickly learned how to do this by observing the charter boat. Stern to the wave and maneuver your boat sideways or horizontal starboard. It worked and we finally started up the channel toward Astoria"

I don't understand what you mean by "stern to the wave and maneuver your boat sideways or horizontal starboard"?

Were the breakers crossing your path so you had to find a way to move laterally through them without getting caught broadside? Does 'horizontal starboard' mean coaxing the boat to starboard while keeping your stern as square as possible to the breakers?

I have a 1978 Seaquest 38 with a single screw 185 hp diesel and am contemplating a bar crossing this summer and want to know everything.
Hey Bob,

Most times if you watch the weather the bar isn't an issue, so I am told. When you are coming from sea you come up the bar, but then there is a stbd turn which could put you in a situation where the hugh rollers are slamming your stbd side. My discription above is a way to avoid taking on big waves broadside....
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