I have come across several references to the practice of pouring oil on the water at sea as a way to prevent waves from breaking - typically during rescue operations involving oar-powered lifeboats on the open ocean. I’ve seen nothing about it working in the surf line.
I’m no expert, but it would seem to me that you’d need quite a lot of oil, and frankly, I can’t what the benefit would be. Still, several authors have implied it took very little oil and worked quite effectively.
Could anyone set me straight on this?
I’m sure most would say it was illegal today - but if it actually was a valid life-saving technique - why not get an exception?
Or, is there another way to do it now?