You may have done a better job sailing.
If there were two boats side by side and you could switch in between then we might be able to make a case for one or the other.. But no one has done any research
... Just pretend numbers plucked from the wind
On the more important theme of your post is that each boat sails
differently and in a storm it is down right desirable to know how to sail the boat one is on! I reef, reef, and reef again. I don't think the wind
can rip a mast
out if there's no sail up, so its a matter of putting a little sail up so you get somewhere but leave the mast
But in storms people push a boat too hard.
How many times have you heard people say " we hit 14 knots!" Or 9 knots or 11 knots? But our boats CAN'T hit those speeds because they are above hull speed
so the boat must be surfing down a wave above hull speed
in a storm. That means the boat is unstable, a full keel
, or fin doesn't matter, either is ripe for gear
breakage, or worse.
The people who broke their mast in your post had too much sail up for their boat in those conditions and it was plucked out, or she ran out of control over hull
speed broaching down a wave, "knocked down".
Remember what the earlier posters said... It's about the skipper
. If a skipper
takes it over hull
speed he better know what he is doing.
My hull speed is 7.96 knots. When I hit 8 I reef. No matter what.
You guys just sailed your boat better.