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Old 27 May 2005, 06:04   #11
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how much of a difference is there between Force 6 and 7?
At the extremes of the band 10knots
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When I made the crossing @ Easter it had rained for 24 hours prior and freezing cold........... a situation at sea where the waves will roll over and break?
Rain calms the sea, wind makes it rougher and yes you can get breakers especially when it is windy. Des
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When Chirstopher Columbus set of across the flat sea, all thought he was mad and was going to sail off the edge of the world.
I bet he had more than 4 months experience though before setting out to prove the world wrong!
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Old 27 May 2005, 06:05   #13
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This is a situation that needs handling with caution. You're planning a trip into open sea with an unfavorable forecast, and I guess on your own? F5-7 on the nose will make for an uncomfortable journey out, but if it decreases to F4 or F3 then that will get easier. So in principal, you should be OK. However, if you have a problem, then things may get out of hand very quickly. And if the weather doesn't improve, you could have a more serious situation than you expected.
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Outlook for the following 24 hours:
Wind: southwest 5 to 7 decreasing 3 or 4.
Weather: fair.
Visibility: good.
Sea State: rough, occasionally very rough in west, becoming moderate.
I don't like the sound of "occasionally very rough in west"
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Would people consider this to be to rough?
Over F5
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do you think I could get the force 3 forecast as opposed to a blasting.
Sorry to sound pessimistic, but it sounds like you're heading strainght into the F7 and "occasionally very rough in west".
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Made the same crossing @ Easter and Im sure that was a Force 6, but Icant remember.
Was it large waves that you climbed up, and then they towered above you when you were in the troughs?
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Old 27 May 2005, 06:08   #14
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Please donít go and kill yourself, it will put my insurance up Des
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Old 27 May 2005, 06:09   #15
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My attitude is somewhat more adventerous though.

When Chirstopher Columbus set of across the flat sea, all thought he was mad and was going to sail off the edge of the world.

Armed with this knowledge he managed to muster a whole bunch of lads and convinced them to go to certain death.

Of course they proved the world wrong
True, true.. but then I'm pretty sure he didn't ask a bunch of strangers if they thought it was safe to go...... and I'm also pretty sure he'd have struggled to find a group of people who had "been there, done that" to ask first anyway....so why bother asking the question if you're going to get defensive over the replies...no-one is questioning your courage, just offering friendly advice, but if you don't want to take it, because it doesn't suit you, then so be it... no skin off my nose...

<edit>...and there are times when I wish ol' Columbus had left well alone


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Rob, careful about this idea...
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I suppose if it gets really hairy I could tuck in behind the ferry - or is that a big no no??
If it gets "really hairy" than you won't be able to sustain more than 10kts, so you won't be able to catch up with a 25kt ferry.
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your not Chirstopher Columbus and whilst you have a sense of adventure (we all have that why we have ribs), it seems that the consensus is DO NOT GO

I have done tons of mileage, and whilst some rough weather is good, it does not take long on your own before it feels like you against the sea,,,,,the sea will win.

Wait for a nicer day, more people have gone out in bad weather because they "needed to get somewhere",,,, boating is not like going home in you car.

Maybe I'm a whimp - but i would leave it - go have a pint...or two or three
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Old 27 May 2005, 06:28   #18
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...and there are times when I wish ol' Columbus had left well alone ...Cheers, Jono
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Old 27 May 2005, 06:37   #19
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Leave the boat at home and go by the nice ferry

unless your boat is set up for rough weather ie

twin engine and so on it not worth the risk

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I've a fair amount of experience and a larger boat than you ( i'm not trying to sound condasending ) i also do a lot of boating as a lone boat and have done some passages solo abord the boat.

However i would not make this trip solo in a single boat. With a crew, probabily. With another boat (even if i was solo crew) then yes.

It worth checking, however, that your insurance is valid in such a forecast this far offshore. Certianly mine stipulates you must be in the company of another baat when over 10miles ofshore in a forecast forc 6 or above.
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