Originally Posted by genoa
I have seen waves pushed up off Lepe in a SW F7 that are nearly vertical 4-5m high and if the tide is running westward the top 1 - 1.5m is breaking off the top
Sure, it gets snotty in the Solent, but at no point is there twenty miles of unrelenting troughs and waves. You can physically endure the short bursts of rough water it throws at you, and so can your boat. And it's avoidable. To be caught out off Lepe in a SW F7 is a schoolboy error - you should be on the other side of the Solent using that great big thing called the Isle of Wight to shelter you from the south-westerly. Once you get across to Gurnard you can run down past Newtown Creek in almost flat water whilst anyone who's stayed in the middle is taking a battering, and anyone who's on the north side is being really dangerous clinging to a lee shore. No such luxury if you're making a passage to Weymouth - the only option is to go offshore hoping to find calmer water, and that takes commitment!