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    sea

    Do they mean the same or are there any substantial differences among these expressions?

    rough sea
    choppy sea
    heavy sea (does it exist?) like heavy and rough weather

    any other suggestions?

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    Re: sea

    For me, and the people I sailed with:

    choppy sea - lots of small waves; inconvenient, but not dangerous
    heavy sea - large waves; potentially dangerous
    rough sea - worse than heavy; we would not sail.

    We also had a lumpy sea - somewhere between choppy and heavy.

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    Re: sea

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: sea

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Thank you very much.
    You are welcome.

    Please do not take my answers as definitive. What is a choppy sea to a seasoned sailor might appear very rough to a landlubber.

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    #5

    Re: sea

    The Douglas Sea Scale describes sea conditions in a nine point classification table.

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    Re: sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The Douglas Sea Scale describes sea conditions in a nine point classification table.
    It does indeed. In my experience, however, most of the morons nice people putting out to sea have never heard of the Douglas Sea Scale,Beaufort scale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, or even the BBC weather forecast.

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    Re: sea

    A heavy sea is not made up of heavy water, however.

    Heavy water | Define Heavy water at Dictionary.com

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