having sailed thru them, i found no possibility of out running something that travels faster than 7 kts in something that is spozed to max out at 7 kts. especially if that something going faster than 7 kts is throwing lightning
bolts at ye....is a scary thing, storms--but we found the inside winds of a t storm were about 70 kts--we sailed in them at 10 kts occasionally--cant outrun them--storms travel faster than sailboats are able to travel. you dont outrun them--they over run you. just make sure you are reefed as far as possible and endure---make fun out of a potential problem--place a preventer on boom to keep it from breaking the traveller---and just hunker down at the helm
and go for it---wont outrun it--if it scares the hail out of you-- heave to and rest a while--the storm will be gone in less than an hour. that is in the gulf of mexico--on west coast--storms last a few days--you do NOT want to be there--seas grow to 50 ft--lol---wont go there....the west coast
storms are predictable for days--the ones in gulf appear on ye--kind of a difference. unless you are seeking heavy weather
experience for a reason, storms should be avoided if predictable in advance.