Originally Posted by eyschulman
This seems to be an old post that was resurrected for some reason. Just want to say that the hard chine hull with its snap roll is not always a problem if the boat has the reserve power to move out at mid teen k levels. I find when it gets a little rolly that the extra speed 15-16 K brings the boat up on top of the waves and my boat becomes more stable than most true hull speed trawlers which tend to slow down in those seas. The high powered sports fishing boats carry this technique to the extreme and bomb along at 30+K in significant seas.
This escape route saved me from dire possibilities when I was motoring up Johnstone Strait in BC in 2008. After leaving a wonderful lunch at a heavenly German cuisine shoreside eatery, we came around the corner of Johnston to face the NW coming down, on a rising tide. I don't know where the tides meet, but I do know they all get together there to think it over, and goose whoever's in the net.
I was. With my new wife I was in a Tolly 26' downgrading from a Canoe 37', as the Market wonted (cruel winds there...) and the 4' chop that presented was not taking offers. My wife banged her head, I took the helm. We couldn't just idle into this, as we were losing leeway and the east shore was granite and agitated all the way in (to a hard beach). Headed for shipwreck.
I recalled a similar incident off Lasqueti, trying to get back to Half Moon Bay, when I'd had a 26' Turner in 1976 (you could see green through the lapstrake in these seas). Must have been a 6' chop, rounding Texada, but definitely a no-go zone at idle. All smashed to pieces and soon, if I watched.
In both cases I reached down for two things I had taken care of: the running gear was in first class shape, and had sufficient power. In both cases I powered and coped until I had some altitude, and suddenly I was scooting across the wavetops, no issues.
Never forgot that, or ever want to lose it. Drive away from it.