Originally Posted by psneeld
Steep ocean waves are one thing...till you get into truly strong gale conditions they are annoying but haven't presented much of a threat unless against the current or as Murray suggested from different directions and amplified in magnitude.
Breaking waves from shallowing water are another whole animal as their faces will vetical and roll more so than the crumbling tops of ocean waves.
I know not very technical...but I would rather be in 16 foot ocean waves (up to gale force or so) than 8 foot breakers in my trawler....even 4 foot breakers would make me squeamish.
There are a couple spots in the middle of Hecate Strait that are 6 fathoms...imagine what a horror it would be seeing a wave bottom out and explode right in front of you, in the middle of nowhere.