I am not planning on doing this. I was just curious if this would be something the 170 could do ok. In my area around Ocean City or Longport there are cuts over to the ocean. Done it in a jet ski but I know I powered through some stuff. My long term plans are to play with the 170 in a large back bay. I know it is a very good platform for learning true sailing. If the family finds it something worth playing with more I would consider moving up to a something like a Catalina 22. That I would take into the ocean in good weather.