I believe that "ranking" saeworthiness is a blunt way of standardization of several aspects, that may apply to certain boats in favour of others, based on the "point" scheme.
The fact that Mercedes have anti-skid brakes, traction control and gps guided maping does not compensate for unqualified drivers.
Many boats may have large safety and seaworthiness values, that can be reduced to zero in the hands of an idiot. Comparatively a less seaworthy vessel could perform better in the hands of a good sailor.
Seaworthiness should be evaluated having in mind an average "driver" seaworthines...and that does not exist yet.
Prevailing sailing conditions are part of his numbers?
Last edited by Giulietta; 09-15-2007 at 05:44 PM.