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Old 08-12-2008, 10:24 PM
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Just curious, I've never driven my boat in anything bigger than a 2-3 chop on Texoma. I hope I'm asking this correctly, but what do you do when you have to let's say drive your boat North to get to your destination, and the waves 4-6ft are coming from the East. How do you get the bow pointed in that direction and still travel in a Northern direction. Any videos on this?

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Maybe the "experts" can chime in on this and correct me for what I am about to say...
I don't think it is ever the same.
The wave "set" is always going to be different, and from running most my life on Erie, it can depend on where your at on the water, and the depth. The water is/can be also react against the bottom, causing a different "set" in the waves.
You need to know your boat and how it will react - every boat is going to be different.
You need to learn how to read the waves, which I think can only be done by experience, and just running min them. You'll learn real quick when you take one over the bow that you did something wrong...
I'm sure this changes with larger boats, but I see you're running a 26, similar size to what I'm familiar with.
Take it all for what it's worth.
I've been caught out in some pretty bad water, and had to get home. Sometimes you just do what you can.
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you would be driving in the trough of the wave most of the time [ valley] then moving up the side here or there hop over the crest back on the slope thats not bad its when you go straight at them. artie
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great answer!
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What should we do in a race with 4-6 footers going around the course ?

The answer my friend is , its a boat and should float or (fly).
So it doesent mater where the waves are coming from just point the bow in the direction you wanna go and go.
Isn't that kinda what I was trying to say, I've just never had as much HP, or boat length as you.
Good answer though - that's pretty much what I have always done, but there isn't a safety crew in recreational boating, so when something breaks, you can be in a world of doo-doo, especially in big water.
I've been there too. That isn't fun.
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Cross the waves at a slight angle to make the ride more comfortable and give you less that "I'm gonna tip over feeling" In your scenario, head slightly northwest and then back northeast.
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Cross the waves at a slight angle to make the ride more comfortable and give you less that "I'm gonna tip over feeling" In your scenario, head slightly northwest and then back northeast.
Yep, a little tacking back and forth can make it much more bearable.
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