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Old 08-31-2004, 05:20 AM
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The reports in the Providence Journal and the local TV reports about a CT 14 foot boat turning over in the rip on Sugar Reef with the loss of one life. How many times have I stated that Sugar Reef has some of the best fishing in the area, but it is a very dangerous place for small boats? The waves break over the reef, and are no match for small boats very easy to take a wave over the stern , or take one broadside in a turn. My heart goes out to the family of the man that lost his life needlessly. When fishing the reefs between Watch Hill and Fishers Island be extremely careful it is no place to get lax. A day's outing can spoil ones life easily.
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Old 08-31-2004, 07:53 AM
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Exclamation Rogue waves...you snooze you looze...

WHAT ART SAID!!
When I kept my boat at Richie Wilson's place up past the sub base on the Thames, Sugar Reef was my favourite spot...
A beautiful and sinister siren that bore constant watching and undivided attention!
When ever there was a BIG storm out at sea to generate BIG swells, the seemingly calm reef would hatch rollers out'a nowhere...
Badabing Badaboom...
If you let yourself slide into the kill zone, you could/would be toast and never know what hit you other than a whoop ass case of complacency and inattention...
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Old 08-31-2004, 08:41 AM
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Not wise to be out there in a 14ft. I have been out there in
a 20 ft and had to hold on to avoid going over. Particularly
encouraging when there is overhead surf breaking down
at the end of the reef.

Sad story.
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Old 08-31-2004, 10:18 AM
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Just took a look at the article. Those guys were in a 20ft boat. Even with that size you still need to have eyes in the back of your head when boating in that area. I was out there on Friday and had seen guys that could have been in a 10ft boat and was wondering if I would ever hear about them on the news. Probably not the same guys but to the point of others you really need to be on your game when boating in that area regardless of the size.


http://www.projo.com/news/content/pr...n31.eb6ab.html
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Old 08-31-2004, 01:15 PM
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boat size?

I have heard so many different stories about it, size of boat from 14 foot to 20 foot, now back to 16 foot. Three different sets of people trying for the rescue. It sure was too bad. I have got to get downstairs, tough with a broken leg, and find a couple of pictures. I have an excellent video taken from my son's 27 footer going right by the mast at about 20 knots. A lobsterman friend said that the mast will probably fall off this winter, then there will be a problem as it won't be very far below the surface. It doesn't really matter the size of the boat, it is an area for extreme caution. I am just trying to point out that it is an area to aware of the sea. You might ask GregD about the area. I think he had an experince there. Just trying to make guys aware of the dangers.
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nasty zone for sure! I've got some pics somewhere of whitewater coming over the reef during some large swells we had last summer. Simply breathtaking...and unreal!
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