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Old 23 July 2004, 05:10   #1
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Freak Waves

Take a look at this on the bbc website...and beware.
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Old 23 July 2004, 05:33   #2
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An interesting article Keith - thanks for posting it.

The only rogue wave I've seen was only about 5' 8" though. (Good news about BB - looking forward to seeing him on the water again soon!)
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Interesting bit was that they plainly announced that two large vessels disappear each week! Clearly not held in the same regard as aircraft, do large ships have the maritme equivalent of a blackbox data recorder?
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For once I'm.......

.......lost for words. I followed this link and a few others all of which describe the ever increasing frequency of such waves. It's quite frightening really especially for those of us who on ocassion enjoy some "blue water" jaunts.

I came across this link which is well worthy of a quick look.

http://tv-antenna.com/heavy-seas/
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IMO regulations mean that black boxes or "Vessel Data Recorders" are now being introduced but I suspect that many ships don't have 'em. http://www.ruttertech.com/ is a manufacturer of VDR's if anyone is interested but as they cost 100k a pop maybe not worth fitting to your RIB quite yet!
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MeMe - thanks for the link. We've seen some of the pictures before but the 'Heavy Ice' section is amazing.
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Amazing pics but remember there are yachtties coping with stuff like this all the time - in boats small enough to be tenders for these ships!

Just shows what a narrow hull and a deep keel filled with lead can do for you!

As it looks like I won't be getting my RIB till winter maybe I will be posting similar pics - if I live to tell the tale!
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