any large body of water can Kick your azz. Lakes oceans etc.. the boats we are in are not designed to take real rough nasty crap,
if you get caught in a weather pattern that blows up to a gail then to storm conditions you dont have a chance, these are performance boats,, sure they can handle moderatly rough conditions but real 8+ footers will not just be an uncomfortable ride, an 8 ft wave has a deep troft behind it so its gonna feel like a 12 ftr, and depending on the time = distance between can really make it hairy... anything over 3-4 i stay home.. and drink beer,,,
even if i am in a boat designed for it, our sail boat in Puerto Vallarta can get thru it but its not fun, it gets freakin hairball,, never took out bayliner its 43 ft overall weighs around 25000 lbs and it blows thru alot at 10 knots but still would not go out in that phsyco weather,, yes i am a chicken,,
in the real world of boating our offshores are potato chips out there,, as a kid my dad used to make me crew on his 50 ft sail boat, doing races from sweden to denmark etc,, ( it was miserable )
i been in chit that was super ugly,, forget that, not fun.
we ran our old 35 foutain in some ugly water leaving newport going up to longbeach man did it kick our butts
wet, sore, cold, screws had to be tightend, wife pissed!!, etc.
dont leave newport late afternoon..