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The seas are indeed different in each area, as crkr23 pointed out. Be mindful out there and don't be a hero. Watch the dam wind and clouds. You should make it a habit to reference the compass, sky, and wind constantly. I've lost good, experienced friends on bigger boats because they took unnecessary risks. The reasons for this risks don't matter to their surviving families now. Don't be that guy. BTW, file a plan or at least tell someone what, where, and when. Stick with the plan. Make sure you're checking your safety gear and keeping it updated (not pencil whipping it), and know how to use it. Those are your safety tips for the day.