Re: Can You Buy Safety?
Excellent article- think lin/larry speak from a different perspective. I have always had the utmost respect for them. Realize these are people who have done countless miles off the shelf in blue water in a small wooden boat. Personally I feel safest in blue water where there are no hard edges to sink my boat. I can see weather at least 1/2 to 1 day off. Nobody is around to run into me. Personally make use of all the modern aids I can afford but still carry a sexton/knot stick etc. Would not think to not have a raft/epirb/ssb/ais etc. but still believe coastal is more dangerous. With appropriate modern weather routng the mdoern sailor should able to avoid most severe weather with a modicum of commonsense. Yes your personal skill set, a strong boat, and the right attitude are the keys to safety but there is nothing wrong with mitigating risk by doing the "what if?" routine .