Three years ago when I purchased my boat down in the Chesapeake I met a doctor and his wife. He had an almost new Catalina 37 and invited me on board. We were sitting there talking boats and I mentioned that my boat was considered unsinkable. His wife said "How could our boat ever sink?" I pointed out that there are lots of holes in boat hulls, any one of which can sink you. Then I said that my idea of an offshore boat is one that when I really want my mommy I could just go below and strap myself in and wait for it all to just stop. Then I suggested trying a little thought experiment that I do in my head. Sit in your boat and picture it rolling completely over, very slowly. Imagine what happens to everything in front of you, everything you have stowed, and yourself. Now picture it happening again, but very fast like what would actually happen in a real knockdown. When you are confident that the result won't be really bad, then your boat is ready to go offshore.
After watching this video the idea of a sailing helmet suddenly seems a lot more practical, despite that fact that real men don't wear helmets. My boat is an Etap 26, 100% foam flotation, no bilge pumps either. It occurs to me now that every compartment on my boat has a door that latches closed. All the cockpit lockers have ropes and cleats that secure them very well. There is only a couple of very small shelves that could contain only small loose items. I think I appreciate the design a lot more now.
Gary H. Lucas