Whats the worst conditons you have ever been in?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by sal_jr, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    Some British vessel recorded (and survived) a storm recently in the north atlantic ocean, with waves clocked as high as 98 feet from crest to trough.

    Theres 98 reasons why Ill stick to the river right there.

    I cant imagine.... apropriately enough, if I ever saw one, a 98 foot wave would be just about what is necessary to clean the very essence of my fear off the deck about two seconds after the observation.

    Biggest I was ever in was 8-9 footers in a 12 foot boat and 10-12 footers in a bigger boat where the water was so shallow we bottomed out in each trough and it took 2 hours to get 5 miles.
     
  2. TNVOLCAT

    TNVOLCAT New Member

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    Waves of 4-5' in a 16' flat-bottom john w/ 4- adults, couple bags of duck decoys, 3-shotguns, and several gear bags in about 30' of 40 degree water. I know it might not sound that bad to some, but that was probably the most scared I've ever been. We had to go about a half mile in those conditions.

    Sal, I saw the pics of your new boat, just what I'm looking for! Hard to find a 19' deep-v c.c. boat in Tenn. though. Good sized, safe boat that will handle tough conditions. Keep me posted on the changes you make to it.
     

  3. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    I once got caught in a very severe thunderstorm way out in the Delaware bay in a 16' open jon . 8 to 10 foot waves and lightning strikes everywhere, I just held on to the tiller keeping the boat in to the waves as best I could waiting for the lightning strike to hit me. I now check the weather report every time before I go out.
     
  4. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Laying in a puddle of brown water, complete with tootsie rolls, surrounded by poison ivy, repairing a toilet/bathroom floor after the toilet fell through with the woman aboard. Now that was a s______ job.
     
  5. Gator

    Gator New Member

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    I was working on the Brenda G out in the Gulf of Mexico and we were caught in a Hurricane coming from a oil field where we were evacuating the rig workers the waves were cresting at 34 foot and winds were about 115 mph according to the weather reports. After that trip I quit working the rig boats. We were being escorted by 2 510 foot Crew boats and where watching them disappear between the waves. We were on a 85 footer
     
  6. Cyclops01

    Cyclops01 New Member

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    It was well after mid-night, on a 32' sailboat, about ten miles out from port on Lake Erie. There was no lightning, thunder or usual indicators that the weather was going to turn. The wind died off and a couple of minutes later it was an instant downpour. My friend had two rain suits onboard but even the jackets were too small for me.

    Before long, a serious wind boiled up, from out of the south. That would have been great... if we were headed to Canada. Of course, wind makes waves and these were 5 to 6 footers rolling up over the bow. And the wind was so erratic, tacking was impossible. Several times we were spun 180 degrees off course.

    Then the lightning show started. It was BEAUTIFUL!!! At least up until my friend explained that we were sitting at the base of a thirty foot high lightning rod. THIS is one of those times when you find out just how tight you can make a muscle and this was a solid 10 on my pucker factor scale.

    Since we were getting nowhere fast, the command decision was made to lower the sails and go in under power, (POWER??? :0a5: ) from a 1 H/P diesel motor, turning a prop as big as my... ah, well, let's just leave it at, the prop was tiny.

    It took a couple of hours of fighting it to reach the harbor. And no sooner did we enter the harbor, the rain stopped, the wind died and the water went flat. Soaked and chilled to the bone, all I could say was, it was one hellava ride, let's do it again some time.
     
  7. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    1986 onboard the USS Reasoner in the Mediterranean, had 40-50 ft swells doing 45 degree rolls it was a blast.
     
  8. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    16' v hull on the Ohio River in the winter. Two barges pass at the same time right by us. Waves got so high I couldnt see one side of the shore. Also started snowing and sleeting right around that time. We rode the waves until they died out then headed back to ramp. Figured not a good day to be on the river.
     
  9. maddcatter

    maddcatter New Member

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    I've kind of fished in a tornado once. It was about 15- 20 miles away heading in my direction when it hit. It never reached me but wow, that was some strong wind.
     
  10. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    :confused: BUDDY ANDI WAS ON MISSISSIPPI IN73 DURING FLOOD AND THE MOTOR QUIT.THATWAS 10:00 AT NIGHT. DIDN'T GET OFF THE WATER UNTIL 7:00 THE NEXT MORNING.SURE DID A LOT OF ROWING AND A WHOLE LOT MORE PRAYING. NEITHER OF US COULD SWIM.FINALLY GOT TO WHERE WE COULD GRAB TREE LIMBS TO HELP PULL US ALONG.
     
  11. TeamCatHazzard

    TeamCatHazzard New Member

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    Last summer my cousin and I got caught in a storm on the river below Alton and it was a BAD ONE! There were 50+ mph winds and we were throwing for bait around some drydocks and were between somes barges and barge pillars and the bank. The storm got so bad it was raining side ways and was blowing 55 gal drums off the barges, one barge came untied and the back end of it was floating into shore and we about got trapped in shore but there was a bout a 15 ft. gap between the pillar and the bank that me barely made it through cuz it was so shallow. There were actually tornados that went through the area that day. When the rain quit we tried making it back to the ramp and were airborne most on the time the waves had to be at least 4-5'+ swells. We actually saw lighting strike a few trees and catch them on fire as well. It was the worst storm I have ever been out in. We finally made it back to the ramp and a bunch of my buddies were waiting the storm out at the ramp and were just laughing when we got out of the boat soaked to the bone. So they ran home got us some dry clothes and when the storm stopped we went back out!:) Amazing how hooked you can get on fishin!
     
  12. APD1146

    APD1146 New Member

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    We have a place on a large lake and my boat was not running right. A friend offered to tow my 24 foot pontoon boat 4 1/2 miles to the marina to have it looked at and fixed. As we were headed about 1/2 mile down lake a rain storm came up. My friends boat was to small to stay out and I told him to go back. We limped along at about 3 knots and had gotten about 2 1/2 miles when the real storm hit. The wind was blowing the boat and the rain sideways as I could not make enough speed to do anything much about it. The lighting was hitting the water all around this big 24 foot alum. boat. The guy with me said to put the top up. Yea Right Dummy. I told him to put his shoes on as his feet were bare and remember as I said we were in an alum lighting rod. At one point I was going to drop the anchor and swim to the near shore 1/4 mile away, but held in there. There was a fireman on the lake who ran when he saw the storm hitting. He was about to call out the rescue squad to come to our help when the rain and winds let up a bit. The wife had been waiting at the marina for me as scared as you can get for me. When the fireman told her what he had seen she went panic stricken. Not to make a long story longer was she happy to see me as we came into view of the marina. I was wet and frozed. And yes scared as well. I thought I was buying the farm that day for sure.
    The only worse weather I was ever in was in the Med when I thought our destroyer would become a submarine.
    Safe boating to all.
     
  13. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    sunday.

    a tornado went right over my town. i seen it coming. it thankfully was not yet on the ground. very scarry. i looked at the sky. it was green and swirling fast. as i ran to get the dogs indoors and get to my grandparents houes two doors down i heard the feared roar coming.
     
  14. explayer

    explayer New Member

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    these are some amazing stoies thank for leting us read these God Bless
     
  15. waterwalker

    waterwalker New Member

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    Lake Erie 1997...6 to 8 ft seas 12 miles east of Kellys Island with my youngest son, 28 foot mfg...managed to get behind the Island and road
    it out there. The great lakes are very dangerous when the winds kick up
    Erie rolls and caps because it so shallow.
     
  16. safetybass

    safetybass New Member

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    I have to list two different times. Both required pry bars to separate my butt cheeks from the seat. First scenario was on the US Canadian border, Basswood lake. Sometime in the mid 1990's. Three fat guys in one canoe. Overloaded. On our way in to Quetico Park. Nice, sunny day first few miles of paddling. Sudden storm. Wind. Waves. Lots of Lightning. Waves over side of canoe. Ram bank. Bail out of canoe. Pull canoe on shore. Huddle under rain ponchos until storm passes. Lightning hits twice within 100 yards on trees around. Huddle in open. Hope nobody notices the yellow water mixing in with driving rain. Storm passes, look at each other wondering if it is worth it. Load canoe, keep going.

    Second scenario was beautiful sunny Saturday on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. Very soft breeze. 20' bass boat. (luckily, not mine) Waves of all sizes, from 3 feet to six feet, going in all different directions. Slowed to almost idle speed. Stayed at almost idle speed from Grand Glaize Bridge to the mouth of the Gravois. (about 8 miles). Broke: 1) the trolling motor and it's bracket, 2) a pedestal seat, 3) 1 fishing rod, 4) a battery box, 5) the bilge pump 6) a livewell circulation pump, and 7) the Oh S###t handle I was holding onto. And the passenger seat needed a little cleaning. (stain removal)
     
  17. slabmaster

    slabmaster New Member

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    biggest waves i was ever in fresh water was a stretch of the river between gore and webbers falls oklahoma on the arkansas. atleast 4ft maybe 5.with wind blowing around 40 with gust to 60 mph.biggest waves in the ocean was deep sea fishing in the gulf stream.i was on a 52 ft cattle boat and i know waves were at least 20 ft and we were moving like the arkansas at about 80,000 cfs.the scariest by far was no wind no waves and fog so thick you couldnt see the bow of the boat.absolutly lost.
     
  18. vinny

    vinny New Member

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    going between two lakes there was a strait some rapeds thought we could tie ropes to the boat and get it past some rocks but the boat went sideways and got stuck on the rock I did not let go of the rope and went fling into the water got stuck inbetween the boat and the water stuck there had to get pulled out seems like it took forever that was a bad day
     
  19. vinny

    vinny New Member

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    second thought nice day out for a ride on my new hd lowrider some young driver went throught a stop and pushed me across 3 lanes and a medean lost my bike and my right leg just below the knee 3 ribs were broken that was worst disabled
     
  20. dwreel

    dwreel New Member

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    3 months in The US Marine Corps boot camp.

    Semper Fi.