Situation; yesterday evening returning from Knight island - 3 foot following seas on my starboard quarter with the occasional 4-5 footer in there for fun.
We're chugging along fairly comfortably at an average of 23mph. Little bumpy but not uncomfortable - occasional jolt. I'm going about 5-8 mph faster than the waves are.
Suddenly two waves traveling at slightly different angles combine right in front of me and make a deep trough underneath me and a tall, broad, and steep (30ish degree angle at least) wave is at my bow, the boat hits it and slows down to 15mph with a jolt and a spray of water, then we start clawing our way up the wave.
Then I hear my revs suddently climb and I can feel my prop slip & start cavitating and I lose most of my forward thrust.
So, my question for those of you who run larger boats on the salt - how would you handle the situation?
What I did was turn the wheel 20 degrees to starboard to reduce my angle of attack and chop power until I felt my prop start to bite again, then increase power as the boat got moving again.
I did it without thinking about it, just reacted - its the same way I handle big (relatively) waves in my little 17' tin boat out on the salt.
Dont know if it was the best thing to do so I thought I'd ask the question here. It occured to me afterward that I could have just held my direction and power and the boat would have recovered speed on its own.
The passengers had no idea something unusual had happened other than a slighly larger jolt, they continued talking about their day.
BTW, great day of fishing; 7 kings, 2 silvers, & 5 who spit the hook (3 of my guests havent got the set-the-hook-with-a-yank and pull-up-and-reel-down technique yet)