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Spin_Drift
12-13-2007, 03:16 AM
Boat owners - be aware - amazing...

"Large storm swells reached Morro Bay California on December 4, 2007, bringing 15-20 foot swells with some plus sets. A U.S. Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat was out for practice maneuvers in the large surf, which is not unusual. However, a large wave hit that was probably more than they bargained for...at least it's the hardest I've ever seen them get hit. The air was filled with mist, and they were quite distant, so at times they were just a shadow in the mist. I've adjusted them for better visibility, however the quality of the photos is not the greatest due to the above conditions, and futile attempts to keep the lens dry." (quoting a friend)


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/AUSCoastGuard47-footMotorLifeBoat.jpg


http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/AUSCoastGuard47-footMotorLifeBoat2.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/AUSCoastGuard47-footMotorLifeBoat3.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/AUSCoastGuard47-footMotorLifeBoat4.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/AUSCoastGuard47-footMotorLifeBoat5.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/AUSCoastGuard47-footMotorLifeBoat6.jpg

Final photos on next posting...

Spin_Drift
12-13-2007, 03:19 AM
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/AUSCoastGuard47-footMotorLifeBoat7.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/AUSCoastGuard47-footMotorLifeBoat8.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/AUSCoastGuard47-footMotorLifeBoat9.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/AUSCoastGuard47-footMotorLifeBoat10.jpg

Duncan Gibbs
12-13-2007, 03:49 AM
HOLY CRAP!!!! :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

carioca1232001
12-13-2007, 05:47 AM
My suspicions regarding the USCG have now been reinforced :

Simply nut cases ........ or extraordinarily brave.........or some combination of the two !

The Bigfella
12-13-2007, 06:33 AM
Bit close to the rocks to be playing like that eh?

Vince Brennan
12-13-2007, 06:37 AM
Geez... youse lot have obviously never spent any time around the Coasties!

I can hear the cry coming from the crew, "WOW! That was FUN! Can we do it again, Cap? Hunh? PLEEZE???"

Ian McColgin
12-13-2007, 07:41 AM
I used to watch the guys off the Columbia bar. Finest surf sailors in the world. Even Australia sends her hottest there for super advanced training.

Concordia...41
12-13-2007, 07:46 AM
We had 15' seas off of Hattaras / Cape Lookout when we took the 50 north in May. Took 'em on the nose though. :eek::eek:

The view of the boat sideways in the trough - even before it gets rolled - certainly gives some perspective. :eek::eek:

What do you think 50-60 foot seas are like??? Holy Crap!

My stomach churns just looking at it. I gotta quit before I loose my breakfast.

Great pictures though!

- M

Phillip Allen
12-13-2007, 07:51 AM
I'd like to go home now please...

Gary E
12-13-2007, 08:21 AM
Great pic's....

We went out of Hatteras Inlet in Oct fishing...
not that bad, but rock and roll forever... :) :)

Bill R
12-13-2007, 09:45 AM
I wanna play! That looks like FUN!

Paul Pless
12-13-2007, 10:06 AM
Goodstuff there Spinner!!!

lots of good motor lifeboat videos on youtube

Cass
12-13-2007, 10:32 AM
Spinner says that she'd like you to post your rough sea photos on this thread...

The more, the merrier... :D

rbgarr
12-13-2007, 10:37 AM
They sure are okay in my book. 'Semper Paratus', the USCG motto (Always Ready) and this shows their sense of humor:
Those who have piloted or flown in U.S. Coast Guard aircraft under official flight orders may join the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyl (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Order_of_the_Pterodactyl) ("Flying Since the World was Flat").

Joe (SoCal)
12-13-2007, 10:43 AM
Spinner says that she'd like you to post your rough sea photos on this thread...

The more, the merrier... :D

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m320/fosterhere/Tanker.jpg

Nanoose
12-13-2007, 10:44 AM
Our rough seas photos don't really portray the sustained over 50 with gusts into the 60's winds, nor the 20 plus foot seas. "If you could read my mind...."

JimD
12-13-2007, 10:49 AM
Thanks for those.

David G
12-13-2007, 11:11 AM
Great fotos. I grew up in Astoria - where the Mighty Columbia meets the Blue Pacific. Sometimes the bar is as calm as a millpond. Sometimes it makes those fotos above Look Like a millpond. I've crossed the bar on everything from a surfboard to a large CG cutter. Last time was at buoy 10 during a good salmon run. I was on an employees 22' ChrisCraft sportfishing boat. Didn't matter what the conditions were. The boats were so crammed together, if you fell overboard, you'd just land in another boat <G> With the right boat for the conditions, it's usually fun. There've been plenty of times, though, when I echoed Phillip Allen's comment, "Can we go home, now please?!?!"

I've watched the Coasties playing in the surf, at the Columbia & other Oregon bars, starting back when they were using plywood Bartender boats designed by local builder, George Calkins. Double-enders. Amazingly seaworthy boats. Bill Childs owns the biz now and runs it out of his Bellingham, WA. shop. He sells plans and builds boats <insert usual disclaimer here>. Check out the fotos & videos.

http://www.bartenderboats.com/

"Adventure is just bad planning" -- Roald Amundsen

rbgarr
12-13-2007, 11:16 AM
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m320/fosterhere/Tanker.jpg
I thought it was determined that this photo was a Photoshopped hoax. ??

boylesboats
12-13-2007, 11:20 AM
? ? ? ? ? ?
I am speakless...





Naaa I take that back...

Just don't do it at home....

And I just did, I dunked a toy boat in the bathwater...

Spin_Drift
12-13-2007, 11:21 AM
I thought it was determined that this photo was a Photoshopped hoax. ??

I think it's a hoax :eek: I've seen it and many like it. It's a nice shot though...


...But it would be nice to see some more REAL PHOTOS :D

Joe (SoCal)
12-13-2007, 11:21 AM
Was it? I just liked the image the eeriness of it.

Ill remove it if it is.

Nicholas Scheuer
12-13-2007, 11:21 AM
I would havee confidence in the boat.

But those ROCKS give me the Heebejeebies!

Moby Nick

TimH
12-13-2007, 11:25 AM
They are lucky they didnt smack the bottom.

Paul Pless
12-13-2007, 11:29 AM
just your average romantic honeymoon cruise (http://www.metacafe.com/watch/503533/rough_cruise/)

John of Phoenix
12-13-2007, 11:33 AM
I wish I had some pictures from flying over the Gulf of Mexico - hurricane evacuations were especailly dramatic but there were some lightning storms, storm fronts and (for lack of a better name) a waterspout storm that was most memorable. Waterspouts everwhere - over a dozen at once. Like this only more of them.

http://www.flame.org/~cdoswell/tornado_musings/waterspout_line.jpg

This is interesting. ;)

http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/8185/krakenyv4.jpg

Paul Pless
12-13-2007, 11:34 AM
...But it would be nice to see some more REAL PHOTOS :D

linky (http://tv-antenna.com/heavy-seas/3/)

Joe (SoCal)
12-13-2007, 11:35 AM
just your average romantic honeymoon cruise (http://www.metacafe.com/watch/503533/rough_cruise/)

This is Julie your cruise director; extreme shuffleboard is now starting up on the lido deck :D :D :D

Paul Pless
12-13-2007, 11:36 AM
Real or fake?

http://www.boats.rkstarr.com/argentinewave.jpg

Paul Pless
12-13-2007, 11:39 AM
balls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vkwy2vdP4)

John of Phoenix
12-13-2007, 11:40 AM
I've seen similar formations but what makes me suspect this one is the clear sky at the top and to the right. If there's THAT much energy churning that lower formation, I doubt there would be much clear sky around. Possible but doubtful. Dramatic picture though.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m320/fosterhere/Tanker.jpg

Joe (SoCal)
12-13-2007, 11:41 AM
balls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vkwy2vdP4)

Laird Is God

Spin_Drift
12-13-2007, 11:51 AM
balls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vkwy2vdP4)

Looks like the pipe line @ North Shore Hawaii !! ?


Was it? I just liked the image the eeriness of it.

Ill remove it if it is.

Don't remove, it's a nice photo. You guys post what ever you like. I'm sure it will be interesting and fun to look at... :D

boylesboats
12-13-2007, 12:02 PM
balls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vkwy2vdP4)

Wow:eek:.... I am too chikken for stuff like that

boylesboats
12-13-2007, 12:07 PM
just your average romantic honeymoon cruise (http://www.metacafe.com/watch/503533/rough_cruise/)

Where is all the passengers?:eek: Lifeboats still covered, and secured..
The way that cruise ship rocked, probably dump all the passengers overboard:eek:

boylesboats
12-13-2007, 12:09 PM
I remembered a thread "Unwanted Body Functions"

http://www.woodenboatvb.com/vbulletin/upload/showthread.php?t=57508&highlight=unwanted+body+function

John of Phoenix
12-13-2007, 12:11 PM
And other than taking pictures, that helicopter isn't going to do much.

Michael s/v Sannyasin
12-13-2007, 12:58 PM
Here are some screen grabs from a video by The Wild Vikings in Antarctica.

First, just for reference so you can see the backstays and self-steering gear in their normal vertical orientation.

http://www.greatsoftware.net/sailing/berserk20.jpg

Trailing some warps in the Drakes Passage

http://www.greatsoftware.net/sailing/berserk22.jpg

Pay close attention to the horizon compared to the backstays and self-steering gear :-)

http://www.greatsoftware.net/sailing/berserk23.jpg

CharlieCobra
12-14-2007, 02:27 PM
I've been in that position before and the boat stayed nice and dry.

capnharv
12-14-2007, 02:56 PM
http://tv-antenna.com/heavy-seas/

paladin
12-14-2007, 04:11 PM
I wuz looking....but I think I have posted a pic in the past....taken from the deck of my 38 footer between Iceland and the Faeroe Islands in August......showed the top structure only of a German freighter less than 300-400 yards from me.......made for interesting waves....

Wild Wassa
12-14-2007, 05:41 PM
They say sea monsters lurk beneath the Narooma Bar ... but at that Bar they lurk above it.

Great shots Spin_Drift.

Warren.

Tristan
12-14-2007, 06:12 PM
I like sheltered bays (as long as there are no storms brewing).

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
12-15-2007, 12:19 AM
Geez... youse lot have obviously never spent any time around the Coasties!

I can hear the cry coming from the crew, "WOW! That was FUN! Can we do it again, Cap? Hunh? PLEEZE???"

I tend to agree. "OK, big surf is expected today, we normally don't get surf large enough to overturn the boat pointed into the waves. Let's not miss this great opportunity for great practice drills." Experienced pilot, stout self-righting boat. Not minimizing the danger there, but I have heard that is how the Coasties train. And yes, they are close to the rocks, but you don't get big breaking surf further out unless it is a gale, you normally need that fast reduction in water depth to get the big surf.

I'm wondering if they were all hooked in given that none went overboard that I can see. Unless all very well trained and strong arms.

Oh, and dynamite pics!

PeterSibley
12-15-2007, 01:01 AM
I wuz looking....but I think I have posted a pic in the past....taken from the deck of my 38 footer between Iceland and the Faeroe Islands in August......showed the top structure only of a German freighter less than 300-400 yards from me.......made for interesting waves....

I had a similar viewing of a Taiwanese mother ship tending out trawler fleet off Princess Charlotte Bay , Nth Queensland in about 1973 .She was 200 feet or so and just kept disappearing between the crests .It was the tail end of a Cat 4 cyclone .Not that much fun on our 45 footer .

Peter Kalshoven
12-15-2007, 01:08 AM
"You have to go out, you don't have to come back."
Unofficial motto of the Coasties.