Actually Mr. Swain you have that one wrong. The Francis Lee was engineered by one of the best marine engineers in the business Tim Nolan with help from the excellent Jim Franken.
She is engineered to easily and safely sail offshore. She far exceeds ABS standards. Her considerable speed would just add to her safety.
As far as wasting money on her, once again you are wrong. It was very easy for me to pay for her and she will easily be worth her cost many times over.....to ME.
She would not be worth it to YOU but that's OK, she was not built for you.
Stick to what you know, your boats......
and please refrain from commenting on vessels and people of whom you know nothing. You know nothing about the Francis Lee and you know nothing about me or my resources.
If God, Buddha , Jesus, Mohammed, ABS, and Allah all decreed that a wooden boat is as strong and safe as steel one, in an open ocean collision with a container, they would all be just as wrong!
ABS approves many boats which are a fraction the strength and safety of the average home built steel boat, especially mine.
No boat engineered without lifelines is properly engineered for safety offshore. You should definitely follow Bob's advice on that point. Without proper lifelines, she is just a big harbour daysailor, and an unsafe one at that..
My reference was to the original question in this debate, which had nothing do with wooden boats, or babies.
When some don't understand the subject, they try to change the subject.
That is an admission that they don't understand the subject.