Yes, precisely. Of course there are couples who could have handled these conditions with aplomb. And, there are even singlehanders who could have done it as well.
The issue here, it would seem, was a couple unprepared for the conditions they ultimately faced. From their own narrative, this appeared to have been because:
1. Lydia suffered from incapacitating seasickness;
2. Lydia wasn't really versed in electronic navigation
3. Skip suffered from a heart condition, which made Lydia very protective of him;
4. Skip was exhausted and sleeping below when the boat neared the treacherous shoals;
5. Neither appeared to have had RECENT sailing experience; they'd spent years working on their boat in a yard;
6. They were trying to meet a schedule in the Bahamas
7. It must be said: better planning, even with the 6 strikes against them noted above, could likely have avoided this disaster.
To my mind, "better planning" would have included a hard look at their capabilities and weaknesses, and taking aboard an extra experienced crew member
for this trip.
Thank heavens they got out of it with their lives, and their boat nearly intact (even if it's totaled by the insurance
company, it's obvious that this boat has many years more sailing to do).
While I'm also appreciative of Skip and Lydia's narratives for bringing their saga to the attention of the cruising world, I think they are risking more than they should by doing this. There are serious insurance and liability issues which are yet to be settled, and IMHO they need to sign off the airwaves, pay 110% attention to their boat and the legal
concerns and, when that's all sorted out perhaps get back to the blogging and newsgroups and discussion boards and all that.