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Old 07 June 2014, 09:17   #1
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Chop

Another thread got me wondering...

What do YOU call "choppy"? Or a "bit fresh"?

Answers with seastate/wind force/photo/whatever pls.
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Old 07 June 2014, 09:30   #2
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A Sharp sided meter (ish..and up) Chop caused by any mixture of wind and Tide ....,I would consider Choppy
A 'Bit. Fresh' would be considerably Bigger!
And Usually involve some Spume.
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Offshore wind generated without swell.

A 'bit fresh' would be giving a ribnetter's wife's bum a cheeky tweek.
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Going out for a quick pint dear go home two hours later

Atmosphere a bit choppy

Ask what's up and it gets a bit fresh
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Waves with short wavelength and steep faces that make you wish for a gumshield=choppy.Dependent on the boat size, could be a large range. Past that, it's f'n rough.

A bit fresh is usually typical Brit understatement.
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I have found that photographs never really capture chop well. For some reason the waves donít stand out to well ?

My definition of chop is when its too rough for me to go in my own boat so I go by public boat.

An example of what Im rambling about is the day I went to Eigg. There was too chop for me so I decided to go on the Shearwater...the blue hulled boat in this photo.



Being fortunate enough to be first on board... I had the choice of seating. As an experience boatman of chop ...I chose the seat just under its rear canopy. The non boating public clambered over each other for the back seats as it was a nice fresh, warm sunny day... presumably so they could enjoy the views on the crossing.



That was a sign to get my camera ready as it was predictable what the chop would do. Once clear of the shelter of the skerries.... the chop came straight over the roof of the Shearwater... and landed on the unsuspecting tourists. The rear deck emptied in seconds as everyone swan for the shelter under the canopy.



Does this illustrate what I mean about photographs not showing the chop well ?
It still looks calm on the sea.

Of course... I do agree... one manís chop... may be another manís dinner ...

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A sea state that gives maximus heomeroids!
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A sea state that gives maximus heomeroids!
That...does not exist!!
......Although I've seen You Sh#te yer self a few times!
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A bit fresh is usually typical Brit understatement.

I think it's the next level down from "sporting"
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I think of swell as waves you can watch and keep track of for a few seconds, and chop as everything else.

Or in other words, I might consider altering power or course for swell, but chop disappears before you can react.

"A bit fresh" is when you get back, have a shower and still keep finding salt in places you didn't realise you had.
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