Skip to comments.Pilot Boats In Giant Waves
Posted on 01/26/2013 11:18:56 AM PST by navysealdad
Two Interceptor pilot boats in a big storm with 10m (33ft) breaking seas off Roches Point, Cork, Ireland
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I had already watched this one...amazing.
I have had to navigate similar waters off the coast of Washington in my 60 foot Ocean....pretty scary stuff...
Yikes! I need a barf bag just watching that.
I was thinking the same thing.
Fishing off the Columbia River bar near Ilwaco WA. Biggest waves I had ever experienced. Everyone got sick except the boat crew.
Cowabunga. Boat surfing. Who was the blooming idiot lashed to the bow railing taking photos?
I was surfing early this week in 6-8' when a couple of ten footers rolled in. Their power still scares the h*ll out of me - awesome.
The sea was angry that day, my friends.
Like an old man sending soup back at a deli.
This looks like a scene from “The Perfect Storm.”
I was once in a Jon boat on a lake in Kansas when a thunderstorm quickly blew up. That is what the lake looked like from my vantage point. I would be in troughs where I couldn’t see the land which was just a few hundred feet away. And no this wasn’t the boating incident where I lost all my guns.
No biggie for a Coastie on a 44
I was once in a horrible windstorm in the Straits of Juan de Fuca in a 40’ Tollycraft. The Coast Guard was very busy rescuing people that Labor Day weekend and I heard not everyone made it. We finally got back to Vancouver Island and hid in a cove until it blew over. Very scary!
The only ones that seemed to be ok were the sailboats.
Juan de Fuca can blow up in a second.
I used to watch weather very carefully before even getting close to it.
A 40’ Tolly would be interesting, but at least you had one of the best built boats for the conditions...
This landlubber enjoyed watching it, but the music almost became like a JAWS revisited!
That storm sure looks like a Cork soaker.
An Ocean is a pretty nice boat as I recall
You must have a good time in the islands - which I’ve always thought are pure heaven.
Some serious water and seriously great captains.
I like the ad for new and used boats for sale on the bottom.
These should be considered ‘used’ ;)
We DID enjoy the islands.
Our boat was also in a charter fleet with a bareboat company in Anacortes. It was the flush deck model (only 22 were built). Had to sell because the charterers did damage to it and the charter company would not use their insurance to cover the damage.
It was a great and beautiful boat, though...
Been there done that, it is a wild ride.
Those are training sessions for prospective pilot boat captains. The U.S. Coast Guard does similar things with prospective captains for their cutters.
It’s funny I never getsick when it is real rough, but a slow roll will get me.
Wahoo! You can get paid to do that?
INCREDIBLE video! Thanks for posting.
I won’t complain the next time we’re out in 4 footers. LOL
I was on a Soviet stern trawler in the Bering sea when a bad storm sent all light craft into rocky coves to hide - where they spent the night engines roaring at max to stay in place. I went to the bridge at a moment when our 93 meter trawler was leaping up and all I could see out the bridge windows was bright blue sky.
We landed hard and I watched the bow slide right into the water and thought it wasn’t going to stop. But leap/dive, leap/dive for days.
The 2nd tried some fancy sailing and our ship was caught hard and spun to starboard so hard you could hear equipment and stores falling over on all decks. So while the rest of the Soviet fleet had headed into the wind out to sea and put alot of distance between each ship, our ship was outta-luck cutting 90 degrees across everyone else’s course while we leaned so hard to starboard that the difference between the wall and the floor was unclear (almost like walking in ‘v’). And the mates basically communicated “Oh, and that’s not all....” They took me over to an antiquated radar and showed me that we, among all ships fighting the storm, were the only ones on a heading for land and were unable to slow down or turn.
With all this in mind, the 3rd mate would let go of railing and like an ice skater slide past me to get to the other side of the ship to read the degrees when we were hit harder with waves - the ship kept on with its leap/dive, leap/dive, we could hear small boats coordinating with each other not to collide tightly packed in rocky bays, and some poor guy in a small boat up in the ice floes without a rudder....and me wishing I was not on a 1950’s Soviet sterm trawler in that storm. We all lost long range antennas and could only play ‘telephone’ with short wave....over ships radio came a song...some American captain holding the mic open to encourage us all......
It was hard to describe ‘flying’ airborne and crashing down on course for land, leaning so hard to starboard, and the night we almost capsized in that storm (I went to bed fully expecting to wake up on the ceiling in the night)...still all set to the music I linked.
Let me guess..they send out TWO boats in case ONE sinks..
This was a big storm test for the boats.
Underneath the video is an ad for boat hull repair.
Could be Potato Patch Shoals outside the Golden Gate.
Love the way the one skipper ‘surfed’ his boat.
Happened to me once, but it was totally unplanned.
One of the most exhilarating moments of my life.
My father, aka ‘The Chief’, tried to warn me about cutting the shoals too close but a guys got to learn.