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Old 07-16-2019, 02:24 AM
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the old general saying was if the waves plus the swell heights is less than the period than its doable but may not be the most fun.

so 3 foot waves with a 5 foot swell you would want a period of 8 seconds or more.

its called when the ocean is square.

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Old 07-16-2019, 03:18 AM
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Old boat and new boat, I think the differences between these boats is more than marginal

go out fishing in 3-4 footers at 5 seconds and report back.

Old 07-16-2019, 03:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Burgmane View Post
3-5 sucks. It’s fishable and not unsafe in the right boat, but that phrase gets thrown around on this site way too much by people who obviously don’t spend a lot of time on the water. Fished 3-5s on Friday on a 39 Seahunter, a big ass boat, and it wasn’t a walk in the park. 30+ mile runs thru legit 3-5s is a beating and personally I don’t see much reason to go out and fish it that chit anymore.

Im sure there’s plenty of guys here who have fished 3-5s on a 25 footer but they’re lying to you if they tell you it’s easy or a fun time.

4-6 is a straight pounding even in a big boat when you’re trying to rig baits, manage tackle, or otherwise just run the pit. Anything 6 or better is useless to fish in.

Of course if you run a seakeeper all this goes out the window

(assume this is all med to short period 1-1.5x forecasted wave height)
I agree with the post above. I have a 27-footer. We went out in 3-5s earlier in the year. It never felt unsafe, but it just wasn't fun and I burned through more fuel. I'll wait until it's calmer now.
Old 07-16-2019, 03:57 AM
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Originally Posted by offshorebri View Post





Old boat and new boat, I think the differences between these boats is more than marginal

go out fishing in 3-4 footers at 5 seconds and report back.

the question was about safety, not comfort.
Old 07-16-2019, 04:12 AM
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Ok lets clear it up for me , why go out if its not comfortable ? If im out and its not relaxing or fun Im goin home . I can understand if you do it for a living ,other than that , maintence at the dock and a bbq .
Getting caught out is a different story , I understand but if reports make you feel it may be a problem , why bother
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Originally Posted by mark101 View Post
Ok lets clear it up for me , why go out if its not comfortable ? If im out and its not relaxing or fun Im goin home . I can understand if you do it for a living ,other than that , maintence at the dock and a bbq .
Getting caught out is a different story , I understand but if reports make you feel it may be a problem , why bother
I moved to Ohio 3 years ago from Stuart, where I lived for 30 years, we are headed to marathon for mini season so those 6-7 days I will be down there is all the offshore time I get until next year. I have no problem getting my ass kicked to hear those rods go off.
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Originally Posted by neversink2 View Post
Conversely, if I see 8 feet at 17 seconds then I'm not worried because these are swells and not waves. Long periods are like long rolling hills and not uncomfortable at all.
That is purely a west coast scenario - with the prevailing weather moving west to east, on the east coast, if you see 8' waves, they won't be at anything more than 10 seconds and will be part of a Nor'easter or tropical storm coming through, usually accompanied by 25-30 kts winds.

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