I have been wondering this for a while.
How bad of conditions have you been in while in your boat and where were you? How big of a boat were you in? I know that there are some seasoned veterans out there with stories to tell.
After getting into some rough conditions last Labor Day, I kept thinking there is virtually no limit to the severity of the wind or waves and wondered about the people who had seen much worse. It's also a lot easier to know that someone else has had it worse than you while out there yourself fighting the wind and waves.