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Old 08-27-2011, 09:41 PM
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no exaggeration, the WHOLE truth what was the most insane stuff you have been in and made it out of.....

for me i have been in solid 15' with a few bigger ones off montauk on my uncles lobster boat, we were on our way back from fishing and we tried to outrun a nasty storm, didnt happen with the old cat and 40 feet of downeast hull, we caught a few big ones on the starboard side but nothing happend, that boat was a bricksh*t house.

and another worthy moment would be when my father and i came back from block Island heading west to Port Jefferson on his 180Hour old 24' sportcraft w/twin 150 opti's, he had enough electronics for a 50' egg harbor on that thing, we led a pack of four other boats from 30+ foot searays to a lil 20' CC through 5-10 footers cussin at every swell till we saw the lighthouse, lol good times
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:47 PM
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THT 15' footers.
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:53 PM
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im not shitting you, that lobsterboat could take a beating and keep chuggin' all the way home, we were fishin the canyon and one helluva storm poped up.....it was a long way home i can tell you that
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:19 PM
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what lighthouse in PJ?

Worse I've ever been in was 4-5 footers in a 16ft bow rider. NOAA said 1ft or less, ya we turned around after the 2nd wave in the inlet.
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[QUOTE=on that thing, we led a pack of four other boats from 30+ foot searays to a lil 20' CC through 5-10 footers cussin at every swell till we saw the lighthouse, lol good times[/QUOTE]

On the board seas were posted 18-22 ft. We were heading south, about 8 hrs south of Miami on the SS Norway. Woken up late at night by a salor entering our cabin to lower a very thick steel plate over the round port hole. His comment was it was going to get worse before it got better. On deck at sunrise I watched huge waves roll completely over a large loaded tanker we passed heading in the opposite direction. It was very difficult to walk against the wind up there. At breakfast there were only a handfull of us in one of the huge dining rooms. At the port in St.Thomas there was a large exit of people from several of the smaller ships that had arrived there. They had stories of ship damage; one I recall mentioned a huge piano that had broken free. Those people were heading to the airport to fly back home; they had seen enough of the ocean. We were greatful to be on a huge ship that was over 1000 ft long.
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Originally Posted by A_Frayed_Knot View Post
what lighthouse in PJ?

Worse I've ever been in was 4-5 footers in a 16ft bow rider. NOAA said 1ft or less, ya we turned around after the 2nd wave in the inlet.
The Montauk lighthouse, couldent see it untill about mile off the point,the radar kept cutting out because it was movin so much, once we got into the sound it calmed down a whole lot, opened up the mercs and b-lined it to PJ
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The Montauk lighthouse, couldent see it untill about mile off the point,the radar kept cutting out because it was movin so much, once we got into the sound it calmed down a whole lot, opened up the mercs and b-lined it to PJ
that makes sense, cause I was like there hasn't been a lighthouse in PJ for a very long time.
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Cape Disappointment WA, 15-20 foot curls. Your tax dollars hard at work.
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Nicely spaced 20'ers/30mph winds Apostle Islands, Lake Superior during a good NE blow. Actually decided to go out into the lake after anchoring the night before behind one of the islands. Wanted to see how my little 1,200# Cal 21 sailboat dealt with it . Sailed upwind for a couple of hours, turned down wind, changed to bigger sails and had a blast.
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1979 CGC SASSAFRAS 180' bouy tender, 75ft sea's. 180 mile's east of Montauk Point. Went out to rescue a tug who's rudder was stuck. Spent 2 days on scene waiting for seas to calm. We had passed lines to them a couple of time's in the middle of storm. The crew of the tug was unable to haul in under heavy sea state.
55 - 60ft sea's off ATTU Ak. Bearing sea CGC HAMILTON 378'. But thats another story.
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Northeaster in Febuary off the New England coast aboard a fully loaded coastal tanker called the Craig Reinaur. Waves rolling up to the pilot house and the forward masthead light burnt out. Chiped ice to get up the mast and replaced the bulb. Got back to the pilot house and the Captain had a small nip of myers dark rum for me. Thanks again George.
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After being discharged from active duty, I spent two more years in the Navy reserves. We had a DE stationed in St.Pete at Bayboro harbor, and would take it out once a month. Also did a couple of two week cruises.

One year on one of the cruises, we were in formation with a few other boats and hit a storm off Cape Hatteras. It was so bad we could not stay in formation. At one point I made out the destroyer in front of us.....coming off a swell, bow down and both screws were up in the air and turning.....

That was enuf to call off the exercises and head to Gitmo....

Estimated size of the seas ranged from 35' - 55'...

It was the only time I have ever been sick at sea. As a dozen of us were crowded into the ET shack during battle stations, one boot looked bad..actually a faint shade of green. As he was looking around, the Chief barked at him if he was gonna puke, it better not be on the deck in the shack! He promptly pulled off his battle helmet and puked in it...and then around the room it started....like dominos..as others couldn't hold back...
I bolted for the passageway and hurled...just as a nice wave came and damn near took me off my feet...but it did wash the puke away...and the fresh air was all we needed to get things back to normal....

Ahhh yes...just another day aboard ship...
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Yep been a sypathy puker a time or 2 myself. Did boarding's with a Bahamian officer for a few week's. He looked like a Rostifarian, dreadlocks, beard. Boarded the nastiest comercial fisherman I have ever seen sea's were 6'-8' 40' boat. The bahmian officer puked into his beard, chunks every where. I had to run out on deck to keep it off my shoes. Came back in and told captain we were done, sorry about the mess got to go.
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Bearing sea 1986..... I was on an aircraft carrier so no big deal.... but waves were crashing over the flight deck.... Thats 90ft....

Kinda like this but bigger.....

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I just like this video..these guys are something to be out in this weather..


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Here is a short video on my boat running in THT 6ft seas ... it was terrifying.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqkqHk3z8qU
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that takes balls of steel, the reason i started this thread was because my buddy who used to be in my platoon reinlisted as navy, first trip out on the missle frigate his was assigned to was to go ride out irene off the coast of the obx, he said they got into some hairy stuff, but i guess its better then being blasted up against the dock, same thing as up above, he was seeing the screws turning on other ships lol
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Here is a short video on my boat running in THT 6ft seas ... it was terrifying.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqkqHk3z8qU
lol, just another day
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Ive sailed around the world and the worst weather was going around Cape Horn. 25-30 averaghe with 40 occasionly. Scared shitless the entire time. We were in a 46' steel monohull.
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35's offshore of Cape Cod onboard the CGC Campell. We had to tow a disabled fishing vessel back to Pt Judith.

I felt bad for the guy's on the FV, we got a lively ride and we were quite a bit bigger, i imagine they took a beating.

Always enjoyed heavy weather though. Didn't get sick, and the chow line was always short!
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