Depends on the danger
. And I suppose the consequence.
- In-shore - higher probability of collision
(with ships and shore) - easier to duck out of weather. Easier to be rescued.
- Off-shore - Low probability of collision
. Harder to avoid weather. Can be very difficult to be rescued.
- in-shore - loss of boat
, severe damage to boat
- off-shore - lower probability of a boat loss but consequences are usually loss of boat and could be death of crew
I dont have any stats but its like, most car accidents occur within 5 miles of home. Wtf? Most driving is also within 5 miles of home.
There a fewer yachts at sea than in- shore by a big margin. The frequency of abandonments seems high to me. It seems we hear about 1 or 2 per month. I think people are less respectful of the sea these days and think electronic gizmos can overcome mother nature. I think there are some that underestimate the capability of the boat and overestimate the capability of the crew. Hence abandoned boats floating up to shore intact.
So at sea when it goes bad it is very dangerous but the frequency is less. In-shore is a higher freqency of accidents but lesser consequence.
I just watched Deep Water
on Netflix. It is a documentary about the Crowhurst scam. There are some incredible big water
shots as Motessier passed new zealand
. It is these big open (and southern) waters that convince me I dont want to be a circumnavigator. I am a tropics cruiser for sure. 5 day passage
Before you take your 70 y/o wife into the southern ocean or around any capes or horns, watch this show...