I guess I'm either very fortunate, or maybe very cautious. I've been caught in some really nasty storms while sailing in Chesapeake Bay during the past 6 years. Some with winds in excess of 50 knots and gusts to 65 got my undivided attention. I only came close to a knockdown once, and that was primarily due to being inattentive with the main sheet. Last fall, I sailed home in the midst of a severe storm, one that lasted three days, 50-knot winds, 6 to 8-foot seas. I was fortunate in that the wind was primarily astern, therefore with half the jib sheeted in that Morgan 33 O.I. went up the bay at speeds to nearly 9 knots. With the Morgan 33 O.I. under me, I'm fairly confident when sailing in some of the worst conditions. The boat is built like a tank, it doesn't point as well as my old 27 Catalina, but at my age, 71, I'm really not in a hurry to get anywhere.