Originally Posted by sneuman
One cannot - repeat cannot - expect a weather forecast
to substitute for an inadequate boat.
Hmm.... Well given that my post started with some discussion of drag devices, I didn't expect people to come away with the impression that I was recommending that one put to sea in an egg shell with a weather
fax. Having read a lot of storm survival reports (in the interest of not writing one of my own) I find that "ignoring the weather" is far and away to top reason for geting caught.
With respect to your emphatic "cannot repeat cannot.." I think you are grasping for an absolute that simply doesn't exist. People sail in all sorts of boats and manage the risks involved as best they can. There are many cruising boats which basically cannot sail to weather against a brisk 25-knot tradewind, either because of excessive leeway/windage or leakage. Inadequate? Well that depends on what you try and do. And, some of those "inadequate" boats might be safely tucked inside a lagoon
enjoying flat water
and a bomb proof 10x1 scope
while a "more seaworthy" boat with a deep keel
is stuck outside, boxing the wind
The ocean can create circumstances under which any boat is "inadequate." Watching the weather is a good way of avoiding many of them.
Second the recommendation for Gavin's book.