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Tanker Waves in Rhode Island
« on: June 04, 2019, 07:16:49 PM »
Went for a FW paddle at Conimicut Point in Warwick RI

SE onshore on the south side. Glassy perfection on the north side.

But wait there are long lines of knee to waist lines rolling in.

My 12'6" 404 V3 is not designed for bumps to say the least. Stand back and feel the endless glide.

My buddy Mark confirmed there are tanker waves once in a while. He knew some dudes who got the skinny on schedules and would go there to surf them.

Figure eight pic from my Garmin. Paddle into the waves, turn glide, and repeat.

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Re: Tanker Waves in Rhode Island
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2019, 08:08:25 PM »
Tanker bow waves are really a lot of fun because you can catch a long ride for a few minutes. And I agree. The glide is the ride.  ;)
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Re: Tanker Waves in Rhode Island
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2019, 03:56:00 AM »
How close do you get to these boats?
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Re: Tanker Waves in Rhode Island
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2019, 04:59:07 AM »
Icky, Not close at all. Never saw the tankers. That's what made the whole experience very
surreal!
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Re: Tanker Waves in Rhode Island
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2019, 05:00:54 AM »
Looks pretty cool Bigster!
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Re: Tanker Waves in Rhode Island
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2019, 05:32:22 AM »
We get freighters coming up the Hudson, but I haven't been very successful in catching a wake. I think the channel is pretty deep still so the waves stay small. I've gotten some small rides, but nothing I'd boast about.
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Re: Tanker Waves in Rhode Island
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2019, 06:04:58 AM »
Big:  Not surprised you never saw any vessel(s) as East Passage is the main route in Narragansett Bay....this is the side most ships use to head to Providence.  Even the car carriers going into Quonset (on the west side of the Bay near Warwick) tend to favor the the East Passage as best I recall...more depth/wider channel = safer transit. 
 
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Re: Tanker Waves in Rhode Island
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2019, 06:26:24 AM »
Here is a pretty cool resource for ship traffic.  If you click on the individual ship icons you will get details on the vessel including tonnage, speed and direction - etc.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-71.406/centery:41.390/zoom:13

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Re: Tanker Waves in Rhode Island
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2019, 10:10:33 AM »
Here is a pretty cool resource for ship traffic.  If you click on the individual ship icons you will get details on the vessel including tonnage, speed and direction - etc.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-71.406/centery:41.390/zoom:13

The link above is the one I use to check on marine traffic coming inbetween the North and South jettie3 near Galveston, Texas. I also use it to check on the marine barge traffic on the ICW (IntraCoastal Waterway) near Stingaree Marina on the Bolivar Peninsula. The marina has a streaming webcam of the ICW where, if you're lucky, you'll see a tug pushing a barge.

https://www.bolivarpeninsulatexas.com/Webcams/Stingaree-Bay
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Re: Tanker Waves in Rhode Island
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2019, 06:31:04 AM »
Very cool you rode the glide. I'd be down on a tanker sesh. Always wondered what it would be like.
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