Hey Sundevil -
Really bad storms are non-existent if you pick the proper routes, proper seasons and proper latitudes. Guide books
are available for all popular cruising destinations, and websites like this fill in any gaps.
forecasting has made a quantum leap in the past 20 years - they are almost always accurate out to week, and sometimes more.
In addition, wave and swell forecasting, once non-existent, has become precise, with exact timing, size and directions forecast
again, a week or more in advance.
Then there is the quantum leap in navigation
- your i-phone is a more sophisticated navigation
device than the Loran
of old, and it puts RDF and celestial navigation
to shame in regards to precision.
So much so, that a prudent mariner need never get caught in a storm, if he's, well, PRUDENT!
I offer as evidence, the 7 year circumnavigation
voyage of the Pane family
, who never encountered sustained winds (at sea) in excess of 35 knots - and they set off back in the mid 1990ies, before there was an internet
Now they were careful, and took their sweet time, choosing their weather
windows and seasons with precision. They motored a lot also, something I'm loathe to do, and they were sailing a relatively large boat, a Mason 53.
Then again, here is a relatively large boat too - 60 feet - but because it was skippered by an idiot, many lives were put in danger
, including that of an infant:
Perfect Storm Rescues: Infant Saved at Sea - YouTube
But hey! It had a BIG RELIABLE DIESEL
It was in a BIG BOAT and therefore SAFE!
Oh, and I almost forgot:
It had way too much sail up for the conditions.
Force 10 and you've got a huge mainsail
with an enormous roach up - and that's all - with a single
reef in it?
Are you retarded or something?
This footage proves conclusively that don't need to be smart to be wealthy.
Why did you cast off?
Where are your storm sails
- back at the dock
Why did you declare an emergency
and hail Mayday from a sound vessel?
your boat, and you put your wife and children
in even greater danger
- having them all jump off your yacht into the sea.
Heck, maybe it was the "Master's" fault - Maybe you didn't have the time to learn how to sail your ship yourself, so you hired a "Master" to do it for you.
He turned out to be an idiot you say?
The footage of that young lady clinging to her infant in the rescue
basket makes me want to scream.
For the love of god.....If you are going to head offshore
(I'm not, at least not yet) learn how to sail, no matter the size of your boat or your engine