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bgreene 01-24-2020 07:50 PM

Biggest waves ....seen in person
Iíve never seen really big waves ó surf or when 90 miles offshore .

Many have....any stories ?

bottomfeeder28 01-24-2020 07:54 PM
Point lookout Maryland, a few days ago.

TorFed 01-24-2020 08:05 PM

Biggest waves I've surfed were 15-18' faces in Tortola. Fortunately, biggest seas on a boat were about half of that.

Lifeislarge 01-24-2020 08:11 PM

I've been out surfing in double/triple overhead hurricane swell. Almost got killed by a three wave hold down from a clean up set and never went out in the big stuff again. 6-8 on a Hatteras offshore and was sick as a dog.

SaltyDawg86 01-24-2020 08:12 PM

2010, Hurricane Danielle

40-60 ft
Less than 20nm from the eye
285ft container ship that was grossly underpowered

Milehog 01-24-2020 08:15 PM

My biggest by far were seen on a cruise ship. Southbound, Strait Of Georgia, 55 knots on the nose against a flood tide. We were dining on the seventh deck and the tops of the waves were higher than us.
I can estimate small waves but all I can say about these is they at least the size of two story houses. These weren't rollers, they were stacked up.

HTJ 01-24-2020 08:16 PM

700 Miles northwest of the Azores we spent a solid 24 hours stuffing the bow of the Saratoga...and then we turned broadside to them big green mf'ers.

CORALREEFER 01-24-2020 08:24 PM

Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 (Post 13296441)
2010, Hurricane Danielle

40-60 ft
Less than 20nm from the eye
285ft container ship that was grossly underpowered

That doesn't sound fun! Would like to here more about that if you don't mind sharing.

GaryDoug 01-24-2020 08:27 PM

Originally Posted by bottomfeeder28 (Post 13296407)
Point lookout Maryland, a few days ago.

Wow, that looks eerily like a scene from a movie I saw once ;-) What are the odds?

tugtrash 01-24-2020 08:46 PM

First job out of a maritime academy as a 22 year old engineer on a 60í tug making a delivery up north. Got on the tug in Fort Lauderdale after it was delivered on a heavy lift ship from the west coast, took on fuel and oil with a day on hand to learn the boat. 2 man crew making 8 knots to cape canaveral to pick up a mate to make it a 3 man crew. We took off immediately for the Gulf Stream in October for speed and started seeing smaller ships and ATBs bee lining it for the coast. We chugged along in the stream thinking we had good weather ahead based on weather from cape canaveral and after about 40 hours of looking up at waves crashing over our 30 ft wheelhouse and halfway up our mast we finally made it a ways inland and out of the thick of it. Longest 6 days Ive ever had as a merchant marine changing clogged racors and every 6 hours and clogging secondaryís, stuffing box sumps that were spilling over into our main bilge because the whole tug was a submarine and the water level was never below the discharges.

duke460 01-24-2020 08:50 PM

Steam car ferry on Lake Michigan. Broke the bow, about 26 feet

SaltyDawg86 01-24-2020 10:23 PM

Originally Posted by CORALREEFER (Post 13296457)
That doesn't sound fun! Would like to here more about that if you don't mind sharing.

I use to have a video on YouTube, but they blocked it because I had music on the video and didnt credit the owners of the music I guess.

The quick and dirty:

We saw the storm down south and moving north (as your local weather man would say "safely out at sea") and we asked a shore side person if we could delay sailing 12 hours to get a better track on the storm. His answer was "Either you leave on time, or I will fly in a crew that will." I won't let some shore side ass threaten me like that again....but that's another story.

So the captain and I took our route, the speed we expected to make and the latest storm track and plotted it out. 150nm from the eye. Ok, a little bumpy but nothing we couldn't handle. Dropped lines and slowly steamed off. Our only way to track the storm offshore was the GMDSS reports that was send every 6 or so hours from the hurricane tracking center in Miami. Apparently one of the reports didnt come through, 12 hours later we get a kick in the gut. The storm picked up speed and made the turn to the NE sooner than expected. Once we plotted that, we knew we were royally screwed. Nowhere to run on a vessel doing 11kt.

It was miserable. Had we lost either the main or the gen, I wouldn't be here. Not long after I left that company and they're now out of business. I was young and dumb, but never again.
Nothing like a hurricane...
This wasn't even the worst of it. That was at night when we couldn't take pictures.

Aliboy 01-24-2020 10:59 PM

Was bringing my boat back home from a remote port days after a cyclone went through. 18 to 22ft swells but big long lazy things with no vertical faces. Just impressive to look at. Beautiful windless day so no waves on top of the swells. Even put the lures in. We were running just off square to the swells and into them. Then the 'big one' came. I guess closer to 30ft or so, and we were in my 44fter. Big one with suddenly a steeper face as well. Still didnt look really menacing until the bow rose so high that the port engine lost oil pressure due to the prolonged steep angle. Just enough of a blip in pressure to trigger the alarm. The pressure gauge was fine when I quickly checked it. Last thing you want climbing a big wave is an engine alarm. As it was we just rode over the swell and carried on. Probably wouldn't even remember it except was amazed that it could get me steep enough, for long enough, to lose oil pressure.

Another trip we were just dropping off the edge of a undersea bank about 50nm offshore. Big drop off from 200ft to 3000ft+. Maybe 15knts of wind and a bit of wave action, but big currents. Not really anything too special about the conditions. I looked back from the flybridge helm to check the lures and was staring into the face of a wave that was taller than my flybridge and starting to curl over. Wasnt even thinking about wave heights but i guess getting close to 20ft. Wave was approaching on my starboard quarter so hauled on the wheel and squared the boat up. I have big rudders without power steering and I had all my weight on the wheel fighting to get the stern to the wave as it tried to roll us. Never had that much weight on the wheel ever. Quick burst on the starboard throttle helped us around and the wave went through and broke in front of us. One of the guys downstairs hears the throttle change and tells out to ask if I had seen a fish. They never knew.

Another trip we had gone around the top of the country and down the more remote coast chasing Marlin. Caught only 1 but the weather was nice with a suitable low wind forecast so decided to overnight on top of an underwater seamount 30nm out and chase Swords. Next day we started heading back around the top of the country with a SWer building behind our NE travel direction just as forecast. Nice easy ride. Kept getting 30lb+ Albacore on our marlin lures so was busy start to the day. Finally escaped the Albies so left 2 of my experienced friends on the helm and went downstairs for a feed and bit of a snooze as I had been up most of the night on the Sword fishing. Sitting at the saloon table with a feed and cuppa an hour or more later when the boat feels wrong. Still s bit sleepy so was s bit slow detecting it. Look out the front saloon windows and the waves ahead look taller than the boat. Race back to the flybridge and two worried looking guys say they were about to call me. Jump in the helm seat and quickly check the chartplotter. We were back close to the coast now and way to close to a shallow bank that has a history of ship wrecks. My fault for not warning them to stay wider. The now solid SWer was pushing waves up onto the bank and they were beauties. The bank isnt far from our turning point to go across the top of the country and I ended up miles past that point in the lee of a small island before I dared get us broadside to the waves. I guess the bigger ones were in the 15ft to 20ft range

Done 10's of thousands of nm coastal fishing and those are the ones that scared me the most.

Semper_gUmbie 01-24-2020 11:46 PM

Spent a whole day in real 27 footers(54 face) in the bearing sea on a CG cutter, 45deg rolls were not uncommon. Same boat somewhere around Dutch a fishing boat broke an ammonia refrigerant line and the crew was all messed up. True 14í head sea, both turbines on full bell so around 21-22kts. The spray was coming past the flight deck so around 350í from the bow

capitan1962 01-25-2020 12:46 AM

30 to 40 foot seas on 197 cargo vessel in Gulf of Mexico. Tropical storm Cindy, winds 90 knots + click on video link at bottom of post.

240 LTS 01-25-2020 01:52 AM

cap, The video is private even after signing in to Google.


Willit Float 01-25-2020 02:02 AM

Went on a hunting trip to Santa Cruz Island in the 80ís trip over in a boat. Worst Iíve ever been in. Waves crashing over the top of the boat. Good sized boat etc. was a brutal ride.

Walleye Guy 01-25-2020 02:09 AM

I would bet that when one runs into these situations it's a lonely feeling. You're on your own, nobody around to help, and the only thing pulling your bacon out of the fire is you.

240 LTS 01-25-2020 02:36 AM

This seems like nothing compared to the stories posted.
We were on the Carnival Pride in Grand Turk when Hurricane Sandy was building but it wasn't named yet.
The Captain said we may be there only about 4 hours and then we had to head back north with a stop maybe in Port Canaveral if the weather would let us.
We left and the Sandy approached Jamaica then to Cuba. It was behind us all the way back to Baltimore, no stop in PC.
All doors to the exterior decks were closed and waves were 15' - 25'.


D.M.D. 01-25-2020 03:06 AM

Originally Posted by bottomfeeder28 (Post 13296407)
Point lookout Maryland, a few days ago.

Wow......Who took the pic? Andrea Gail?????

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