Originally Posted by outbound
Brian you make very valid points. Paulo speaks to racing and high performance cruising ....
I speak generally and give particular examples, as all examples have to be.
What is true for the Beneteau Oceanis line is true for solo racing boats and any kind of boat: If a boat can be handled by the crew in all conditions, a bigger same type of boat is safer. That is as evident regarding race solo boats or any kind of cruising boat.
That does nor mean that a smaller boat is not perfectly safe under a given set of circumstances and sea conditions, but there is not a single small sailboat (and I am talking as small to boats till 80ft or even more) that can be safe in all sea conditions. Smaller ones (same type) start to be unsafe with much less demanding conditions and on hurricane conditions even the bigger ones are not safe or have not and adequate safety margin.
Regarding the same type of boat there is a huge difference in the conditions that are safe for a 27ft boat and for a 45ft boat. This is all evident and regards directly the subject of this thread: Size matters to safety.