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Old 04-29-2009, 01:42 PM   #1
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What is the ideal wind direction and speed to have a pretty smooth day in the gulf?
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:36 PM   #2
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Variable 5 knots would be best. 5-10 knots out of the South would be nice as well. I prefer a following sea for the ride home.
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so low winds make for calm conditions
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:45 PM   #4
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I like 15-20 knots out of the east or southeast.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:56 PM   #5
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blowing a gale out of the east is usually fun.... as long as your on the starboard side riding out.:doh:doh
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:41 PM   #6
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I prefer it under 10 kts. As the wind approaches 10 knots (partly depends on temps and reach) the airflow at the surface of the water becomes consistently turbulent and starts to kick the surface up. There is a real transition zone so that by the time you have a steady 10 knots and a fair reach you have a little chop developing. If the wind would stay right at ten you'd befine in a small boat, but it rarely does and the sea state changes faster than the wind from that point up.

Obviously the size of the boat matters. Mine can handle 4 ft seas easily when under way, but it's toocorky to fish out of at three.
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