Originally Posted by Valiente
Of course, the proportion of boat owners who actually get caught in real gales or worse is extremely small.
But if you are the one to get caught out boat quality suddenly becomes very important.
I think there are more poorly made boats available today then ever before. At one time there was a clear distinction between day sailors and offshore cruisers but today lightly built unsuitable boats are being marketed as serious offshore capable boats. A lot of newcomers are joining the ranks of sailors and donít have enough experience or skill to see the difference so they are setting out offshore and having trouble in record numbers.
All the best,