Safe and comfortable can certainly be 2 different issues. Sailed my old 45 in all kinds of weather
, with a couple of Pacific crossings without ever feeling "unsafe" but often less than comfortable. Good reason for me to avoid high lattitudes (North or South) Lots of other places to see and lots of time and decent weather
to get there.
Now that I am down to a 25, lumpy weather certainly creates a bit more "motion" as it were, but with an overbuilt standing rig, small cockpit
with additional scuppers in the transom, and the boat buttoned up for weather, I have yet to feel unsafe. Of course I also have zero problem waiting a week or so for a good weather window to make a passage
that can go pear shaped in a hurry. Most dangerous things on a boat are a wristwatch and a calendar. If I have the sea room, heaving to for a day or so for things to lay down never bothers me either.
Friend coming back from several years in the Med got caught in an off season storm in the mid Atlantic in a well found 50' alum mono. Ended up heaving to for several days and spent his time on the SSB
touching bases with vessels in the area (mostly for moral support). Skipper
replied to one of his calls and asked his vessel size and what he was doing. My buddy gave him his particulars and the other boat started laughing. My buddies sense of humor
was slightly less than normal so he angrily requested to know "what the hell is so funny
?" The other vessel's reply " Captain
, I am on a 900' tanker about 75 miles south of you, and I am doing the same damn thing!"
Size matters, but not so much as the condition and set up of the vessel, or the skill and experience of the Capt and crew. Lord thy ocean is so large, and my boat is so small.