It's not so much about fin keels falling off for me...
It's about grounding at hull speed
. 75% of fin keelers either sink, or get severely damaged.
I've seen this only toooo often, talk to any yard or boat builder
around Scandinavian waters. The waters are strewn with skerries, rocks and submerged rocks. we use to say: 'there are two kind of sailors, those who have run aground, and those who hasn't yet
Regarding sailing away from rough weather
due to a 'fast boat'. Its' about religion, right? every one is entitled to a faith for sure.
Personally I have a real hard time figuring how those people trying to outsail bad weather really
Let's assume one of those 'fast
' boats does 12 knots and the slow boat makes 6. I mean a really
fast boat. The differnece in mileage would be around 12-6x24 hours = 144 miles more
in a day.
That is fast, by all means.... now, how fast does a lw pressure system typically travel? 4-5 days over the North Atlantic seems a common speed for these weather systems. Let me think, the Atlantic is somethig like 2500 miles wide. (to simplify this math, let's forget that the lows usually cross pretty much diagonally over the pond) So, 2500 miles divided by 5 days makes 500 miles in a day or a speed of 24 knots.
Hmm, I wonder how likely it is to be fast enough to 'sneak away' from it??
Can anyone explain to me how this is supposed to be performed?
Is it done in the real world and not just by mega-multihulls and VOR boats?