Jeff, I like that design. Neat detail for the life-raft storage.
If sailors were willing to pay more and give up performance for safety then Etap would be outselling Beneteau, Hunter, Hanse, and Catalina. On the flip side, Boston Whaler still thrives, and the big car makers swore no one would buy vehicles if they were required to be safer, get better gas mileage, and pollute less. Somehow most of us got used to paying the cost to meet these standards.If a boat is designed and built to be "crash resistant", it will of necessity be built more heavily (slow) and more expensive than the competition. And there goes the mass market, down the drain.
If this boat costs 1% more than that boat and more 1% slower as well? Folks are gonna buy the cheaper faster boat. "But this is more rugged!" only interests a small niche of the market. I don't think that tail can wag that dog.