This is exactly right. The whole "bluewater boat" debate is crap for the most part.
Much more important question, "Is the Captain a bluewater Captain?"
I know it's flying, but I loved reading an account of when the US capture it's first Russian MIG and had test pilot Chuck Yeager fly against it and totally whip the pilots flying it and had the generals feeling pretty good.
Until they put Yeager in the MIG and had him fly that, at which point he whipped all of the pilots flying the US fighters.
The moral that the USAF learned, experienced and properly trained pilots were often a much more important component that which plane was actually better on paper.
Hence the fighter weapons schools the USAF and Navy put on to train pilots to do that.
If Lin and Larry Pardey had never existed, and a young couple came here and stated that they were about to do, what the Pardeys did, how badly would they be mauled by some people here (or any other sailing site)?