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Crazy - that report is definitely interesting...especially in light of their route which, in earlier discussions about what constitutes "blue water", could be classified as "extended coastal" (from Malta, to Gibraltar, to A Caruna, and toward Plymouth); the farthest point from land being in the Bay of Biscay where they rolled (maybe 300-350 nm from land?).
So, with that in mind, look at this section of the report...
Ocean Madam was a production Beneteau Oceanis 390 yacht. The class is typical
of its type with a high volume, low ballast ratio, light displacement and shallow
hull form. It is highly suitable for most activities including charter work and has a
good safety record. It is not a suitable craft for crossing oceans in bad weather.
Such craft are more susceptible to the effects of oceanic weather conditions and
especially to heavy seas. No stability information about the yacht was held in
board. Indeed at the time of purchase such information was only made available by
the builders to owners on request. There is no evidence to suggest the craft was
unsuitable for moderately rough weather conditions nor is it suggested there should
be any restrictions imposed. The lack of this information about the yacht's
stability, including a GZ curve, denied the skipper any opportunity to scrutinise the
possible implications of handling such a yacht in a very high sea state. The
limitations of this type of light displacement craft are, however, well known to
experienced blue water sailors."
Was it an "ocean crossing"? Or was it "coastal"?
Interesting reading. Lots to think about.
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