Broaches are very dangerous...especially in heavy seas and winds... I'd also say that running downwind is generally a bad idea, unless you're very far out to sea...which is not the case for most people.... as you will eventually run out of room and then you're really screwed.
Most boats can take far more punishment than the people aboard them. As an example, one boat was recently abandoned in the Gulf of Mexico, and about two months later the boat was found floating, with lots of sea birds aboard.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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