No, that is the boat i ran doggin' last winter, actually it was a decent boat, glass over wood, no rot anywhere. I think the buoy reports were 7-9 foot, the inlet bar is only 6.5', anything over 4' seas can be real nasty when it jumps up on that bar.
3/8 Lexan is only as good as what it's screwed to, I suppose. Those are some hazy ass windows, and they were a couple years ago too, last time I looked. Was that yesterday morning? Looked shitty when I crossed the bridge heading to Wanchese to work on the boat. I went out of there after a similar blow last year and it was all I wanted at flood tide in my 56' Dwight Raymond- real sporty washing her across against that current; I felt like I was standing still for like 5 minutes. I don't think anyone went fishing that day, but I had to get up the coast to VA. One day December fall I had to go up after a storm and decided to go out Hatteras Inlet and cross Diamond Shoals instead of going up the Sound even though it's probably 15 or more miles out of the way.
yeah, that was yesterday, we had the windows polished up but it doesn't last, you can't see real well after dark. when they asked the capt about it, he said , "it was only a 12' wave". in a different conversation a couple of weeks ago he told jamie w that "he wasn't worried about oregon inlet".
Oregon Inlet is the real deal. I've got a lot of respect for that place. Our inlet can be shitty at times, but it's like a hop, skip, and a jump across the bar down here. The bar up there seems like it goes on forever and it has gotten shallow lately. What's the deal w/ the bridge now? I'm guessing the main span might be shallow as shit after this blow.
had a guy up here back in 2002 who took a breaker over the house of his 26 general marine, took the house clean off....the only thing that was left was the trap fence....he took a window to the face, and his sternman bear hugged the fence.....a guy was behind him in a 40 rp and saw him go into the wave...then saw a skiff come out the other side....
Came over the OI bridge late yesterday and it looked snotty for sure and by then the wind was down a good bit. It does look like the red ones have been moved to at least two span south of the high span. As bad as Hatteras can be at least it is only a few hundred feet to cross and only really bad on the falling tide in a strong SW, which unfortunately is the dominant wind during the season. No inlet should be taken lightly.
Of course a big swell can close out any of these inlets down here too where you can't get out during some pretty days in the fall. A lot different than some other places. Worked up in VA and MD where the swell wasn't an issue last September, but OI was mostly closed out for a couple of days. Really sucks when there is no wind and good fishing.