Cape Disappointment – Training Ground for Really Bad Days

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47 Foot MLBThe crew at USCG Station Cape Disappoint work in a place where heavy seas and surf aren’t just possible, they are damned likely. The station’s back yard is the Columbia Bar – one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world.

What does the station like to do when the roughest of the water rolls in? Go out and play in it of course.  The surf creates an opportunity to practice their world-class driving skills in their 47 foot Motor lifeboats,  self-righting rescue machines that can survive being capsized and return to upright in under 30 seconds.  Here, see for yourself.  The gang at Cape D. recently uploaded a video of one of their surf training sessions, complete with a full knockdown at minute 2:40 and a very close call at minute 4:17. The video is worth the five minutes if you want to know what the U.S. Coast Guard small boat community goes through to keep you safe.

Semper Paratus, and stay safe out there.

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By | 2017-05-18T15:29:49+00:00 April 29th, 2013|Boating Safety, Coast Guard, SAR|3 Comments

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  • Egads!

  • John K. Jones

    Mario, Great post! There used to be a “surf” boat stationed in Eastport, Me.

  • eta

    Very nice video! With the right equipment, this would be fun.

    I’ve seen some impressive surf at Cape Disappointment.One of my favorite fishing stories is about a day Dad took the family fishing there.

    From the harbor, the small craft warnings seemed alarmist as the wind was mild and the sky overcast in the usual northwest coast cloud cover. Dad is a skilled and capable pilot, so we headed out anyway. Six people in a 17 foot Boston Whaler; me seated with my younger brother in the bow seats… As we approached the Bar, the waves were breaking at what looked like thirty feet high. Dad brought the boat around on the inside curve of one breaker and took it back to the dock.We didn’t fish that day, and not one of us complained.