"You know you really shouldn't be at sea when you're boat is in less danger with you off of it than on it."
:-) Now that is one great quote!
In the UK there is a much republished book called "Heavy Weather Sailing" which has a very scientific and objective analysis about boat design for 'Heavy Weather'. It is based on analysis of narrative accounts of various boats encountering extreme conditions (including a dissection of the fateful Fastnet race) so it is a very good read as well as being informative.
There was a bit of discussion on the thread about exactly what 'BlueWater' meant. Maybe 'Heavy Weather' is a more meaningful term. BlueWater just means that there is nowhere to run to hide from it!
Really interesting and entertaining thread.