I guess my too subtle attempt at humour was, well, too subtle.
Neither the crew or the boat, are unsafe. We take it offshore every chance we get. We have training and better yet, 35 years of sailing experience. I have been told repeatedly by guys in old, skinny boats with no interior
space, no cockpit
and a 6 foot plus keel that our boat is a death trap. Sort of thing you hear on this board, now and then.
Just to be clear, we own a big assed ol' production boat with a 4.5' draft
wing keel. I was joking, OK? I guess I better not do that again.
Point was wing keels don't respond to being pulled from the masthead or much else when they're firmly embedded in mud. Or so I am told.