Maybe a swing keel boat needs to stay in a lake. My op was for those of us that have swing keel boats and dream of sailing in Fla or along the G.C. In our location along the Texas coast it can get nasty in a hurry. It can be a nice 10 kt day that turns into 40kts with very confused seas. For some reason the weather man is never right down here.
So if you haven't read something about handling the weather you are at loss and could loose life and crew members. I don't say reading is the best way to learn but at least its a start.
Smooth water never makes a good sailor.
S/V Miss Sadie
1978 Watkins 27
Middle Texas Coast