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Re: Sailing, safety, & size
Thinking about safety looks like there are two schools of thought. You can go small and simple or big with a lot of technology and expense to allow a reduce crew to be able to handle the larger boat. Either way the boat is probably equally safe, but the larger boat much more expensive with a lot more systems that need to be perfectly maintained (with associated costs).
Kind of like the space shuttle. This was a very complex piece of equipment, that if constructed per spec (no corner cutting on design and testing) and maintained perfectly, the space ship should perform. We know what happened with the shuttle. And how do we get to space today- We depend on the Russians, with there simple, robust space ship that uses the basic technology we used to get to the moon in the 60's over 40 years ago.