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Old 07-19-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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Holy Moly - What a ride

I received this and thought I would share it with you seafarers.
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READ BEFORE WATCHING
This video is of commercial fishing boats coming back from fishing out off the coast of Washington & Oregon . They are crossing the Columbia

Bar, which is where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean .

This is designated as one of the most dangerous ports of entry anywhere in

the world. There are at least 8 to 10 deaths per year with dumb ass people trying to get in or out in boats that are not made for this

kind of severe beating that you see these boats going through. These boats are self-righting, super low center of gravity, sealed engine

compartments, basically bullet proof glass windows, double steel hulls. Well, you get the idea. They are commercial shrimp and fishing

boats. I have actually seen it so bad that the Coast Guard has closed it due to waves of 35 to 45 foot. It is quite a sight to see. Watch

the U-tube video and tell me if you would like to have been a crew member on either of these 2 boats.


Incredible video - fishing boats in rough sea - YouTube
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I kept waiting for the 2nd boat to land on the first
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Made me seasick.
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Simply incredible..... Nature's power can be so awesome do experience.... from the comfort of the land
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That's why they say "It's better to be on land wishing you were at sea, Than to be at sea wishing you were on land".
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The Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, trains at the Columbia River Bar. The 47 foot MLB is designed to work in heavy surf, and is self righting even when capsized. Coasties get qualified as heavy weather coxswains or MLB surfman, and are assigned to all the small boat stations.

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I kept waiting for the 2nd boat to land on the first
(HEY! NO FAIR! He posted while I was writing!)


Wow! and those were "following seas", coming from the stern, which is what kept turning them sideways. I'm sure that back guy was starting to sweat, because you don't have a lot of control, it just pushes you up on the other guy if he is slower.

I watched a one hour special on TV once ... the Coast Guard used that area for extreme rescue training. The chopper has to stay above the CREST of the wave, so when they drop from the chopper, they had to time it to hit the top of the wave, otherwise they drop an extra 30-50 ft into the trough and the wave crashes on top of them.

Also for testing any new brand of boat they are considering ... it has to survive those waves AND they turn it sideways so the waves actually make it do a full rollover, to make sure the boat will bring itself back upright as designed and not just stay upside down trapping the crew. (Yes, they are appropriately geared in case they have to swim out!)

God bless those commercial fishermen who face that stuff to make a living, the families who wait for them at home ... and emergency responders everywhere!

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I wonder how long it will be before someone makes a "commerical fun ride" out of that?
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Don't know how they aren't splatered all over the inside of the wheel house.
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The person who uploaded it says it was filmed at Grey River in New Zealand.

Incredible video - fishing boats in rough sea - YouTube

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_River
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See!!! When it gets that rough you don't know where in the world you are...
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I think you're right

Neither of the boats has US markings on the hull. Just a 4 digit number.

If it had been filmed in the Columbia the breaking waves would have been blown into 'smoke' as soon as they crested by the normal thermal winds.

Reminded me of my trips to 'Windsurfing Mecca', Hood River. I've used an 8'2" board and a 2.4 Meter sail there and found both to be too big. I live near San Francisco Bay and was no stranger to high winds and rough water 'back in the day'. Even so the Columbia was a very humbling experience. These days I head for shore when it gets over 30. Getting old sucks sometimes.
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Well, it sure is similar to the Columbia River Bar

Some interesting videos:

Columbia River Bar Pilots
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The person who uploaded it says it was filmed at Grey River in New Zealand.

Incredible video - fishing boats in rough sea - YouTube

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_River
For sure off of Z Land, not the Columbia bar
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