Re: Puget Sound
- Posted by: "Kristine Bennett" femmpaws@... femmpaws
> Yes a lot of people think do to Puget Sound being well enclosed the water doesn't get all that rough.... Off West Seattle I've seen 8 to 10 foot waves heading north up the sound... I was also on one of the ferries in said storm.I don't know--8-10 foots waves are too extreme for my Teal, for example.
> Would I want to be out in that kind of stuff in a small sailboat? NO! But I'm very sure any of the small boats that Phil has designed would handle it the bigger question would you?
Keep in mind that many of the sailboats have no particular provision for
I've never seen 8-10 foot waves on Puget Sound, in my memory (but I
moved away a few years ago). Five-footers, though, for sure, and they
are *plenty*. I used to go down to the Sound at the south end of
Lincoln Park and watch them smash into the WPA sea wall (wow!).
I'll be there for sailing this winter.
- On Nov 12, 2007 5:54 AM, Chris Crandall <crandall@...> wrote:
>An old friend of mine is an ex-seaman on the ferries, with lots of
> I've never seen 8-10 foot waves on Puget Sound, in my memory (but I
first hand experience with Puget Sound waters. His comments on those
photos is copied below:
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These kinds of very rare inland "seas" result from a strong southerly
winter blow acting against an opposite tidal current. Upon departure
we would usually run parallel to the wave action, in the "trough" (the
first two photos) until we could get behind a headland where the seas
were calmer so we could make whatever turn was needed to make the
dock. This kind of action was much more common on the Port Townsend
route than "down sound." Sometimes the turn was required where there
was no headland to get behind (as in this case) and then you see the
action captured in the rest of the photos. Anyway, while cars have
been known to get moved around in this weather much of the water
action you see is spray (although from the looks of the scuppers there
is a significant amount of "green water" on deck) and it is unlikely
that cars got forced into each other - although that has happened on
very rare occasions. Anyway, it is good to relive my days on the