Click for Cross Click for Walker Click for Cheoy Lee Click for Abeking Click for Ocean Alexander

Rough inlets

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by CTdave, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. CTdave

    CTdave Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2004
    Messages:
    855
    Location:
    Greenwich CT/ Stuart FL
  2. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Messages:
    9,868
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    I've been close to the first guy's situation. The 2nd I think might have me changing careers.

    I've always said that if I die in this business it'll be coming into an inlet. Those illustrate why very well.
  3. RT46

    RT46 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Messages:
    1,018
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Both of these videos would require a shorts change.
  4. bliss

    bliss Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    Messages:
    144
    Location:
    Racine
    Halfway through the first one I thought I must show this to the Admiral. After seeing both I changed my mind.
  5. Kafue

    Kafue Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    Messages:
    1,150
    Location:
    Gold Coast Australia
    Same thing occurred to me!
  6. weto

    weto Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2012
    Messages:
    164
    Location:
    NOR CAL
    That second video was taken from the jetty at Noyo Harbor just north of Fort Bragg on California's north coast. Got caught out in similar sea's in a 18' aluminum boat when I was a kid. When you come in through there in tough conditions that inlet seems about 3' wide !
  7. Pelagic Dreams

    Pelagic Dreams Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2010
    Messages:
    133
    Location:
    Land locked for now
    It seems to me that neither boat had the power to stay on top of he incoming surf. Am I wrong or confused? Why would a captain try to shoot that inlet knowing he could not match the wave profile? I would have stood off, and waited until conditions changed...hey, but that's me.
  8. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Messages:
    9,868
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    1) Sometimes you've gotta do what you gotta do.
    2) You can't tell from the back of a wave what you'll find on the front until you're on top of it. At that point you've bought your ticket for the ride.
    3) Once he headed in he was committed. Turning around would surely put him into a broach situation through several waves before his bow got all the way around.
    4) That first boat had plenty of power,,,just not enough, so he has to play the waves. Many of us have been there/done that. WHen that boat slid across the wave in a broach position that captain was full forward port, reverse stbd with the wheel cranked against lock to the right, and his heart was in his throat.
    5) With the second boat I'm surprised that he didn't lower his outriggers for balance. Bet he bought drinks at the pub after.
  9. chesapeake46

    chesapeake46 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2009
    Messages:
    1,480
    Location:
    Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay & S.Jersey
  10. Pelagic Dreams

    Pelagic Dreams Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2010
    Messages:
    133
    Location:
    Land locked for now
    NYC, I can see your point on once you decide to go.....you can't turn back. That was a nasty bit of water for either boat. I would have had it running down my leg.
    I still don't see how the captain saved that boat once it came broad to the wave, I was sure she was going to roll. There are not enough drinks at any bar that would have gotten me to forget that.
  11. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Messages:
    9,868
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Fear and a lack of alternatives are great motivators. Succeed or die, hero or fool.:D I used to run a single screw charter fishing boat. In more than a 5' sea I had to let at least 5 waves pass under the boat in the time it took to make a 180* turn. Needless to say I thought long and hard about my timing before making my move in rough seas.
  12. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2005
    Messages:
    12,741
    Location:
    Fort Lauderdale
    The boat was designed properly for the fishing rig it was carrying and had the proper amount of self righting to self right itself from the force of the wave.
  13. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Messages:
    9,868
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    If you're talking about the second video I think you're wrong on that. She came in on her side half sunk. One more broadside wave and she'd likely have turned turtle. Those outriggers probably should have been out for added stability IMHO. No boat I know of, except for a sailboat with keel, is designed to lay on its side filling with water through its hatches.
  14. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2005
    Messages:
    12,741
    Location:
    Fort Lauderdale
    I don't think the boat would fit through the bridge right inside the inlet with the outriggers extended out.

    Most all fishing trawlers have a weighted keel, to keep them righted in rough seas and to conteract the big outriggers they're carrying......Either way, I think (KNOW) that would've scared the life out of me....
  15. captaintilt

    captaintilt Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2012
    Messages:
    207
    Location:
    Great Lakes / Florida
    That is definitely some crazy stuff, and I think that I would have been changing my shorts before and after that happened!

    I am sure that the Captain had a significant "pucker factor" going on there.
  16. Mark I

    Mark I Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2006
    Messages:
    123
    Location:
    Long Island/Pompano Beach
    I like the caption on the first one saying he was making a quick stop in that port. After the ride in I doubt he was eager to go back out.