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Re: Is she bluewater? Interesting story to help with these questions.
Frankly I think the problem here is that anecdotal evidence of seaworthiness is pretty much all there is. To my knowledge there is no boat builder that does anything close to destruction testing of boats, simply because the costs are too high, and the number of boats sold is too low. Sure I know of Hunters that have had the deck/hull joint fail, but I also know of a Swan that lost its keel. Which is more likely, well that is a statistical question that we just don't have the data to support either way. So we must base our decision making on anecdotes, a general 'feel' about quality, and builders reputations. And I don't think there is anything wrong with that, it is necessary.
At the same time, it is important to recognize that most boats, even from low quality builders do quite well offshore even in the worst of conditions. And that a well built boat can founder offshore just as easily. The primary determiner in my experience isn't the boat, but the crew. Proper preparation, diagnosis of the situation, taking steps to reduce loads on the boat, all can play a large part in the survival of ay boat in a storm. And rarely is it necessary to rely on nothing but the strength of the boat itself to get you through a storm.