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How large of a boat would be required to traverse a category five hurricane?

I know this might seem like a stupid question (after all, a category five hurricane would most likely be highly dangerous to sail through on any boat), but after watching "The Perfect Storm," I was wondering what size boat would be required to traverse such a large hurricane, perhaps not "safely," but at least with a reasonably low chance of being sunk? Also, what chances would a ship of the size of the Andrea Gale (approximately 65 feet in length) have in such a storm? Finally, what design features make ships like Coast Guard cutters so safe in severe weather?

Asked By: Mike - 6/15/2012
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Contrary to popular myths and beliefs, it is not near so much the size, as it is "the individual boat... More
Answered By: Capt. John - 6/16/2012
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During WWII there where ships that encountered Typhoons in the Pacific and survived. A modern Aircraft carrier, 1000' long, would have the best chance. Several years ago (1970's) there was a ship being repaired in Norfolk VA that had encountered a "storm" just off the Coast. It was extensively damaged. I think... More
Answered By: Richard C - 6/16/2012
 
Survivability is not about size, but rather about construction, durability and strength. A 10' dugout canoe made out of a single, sturdy log will still be floating after going through a Cat 5 storm (although that certainly does nothing for anyone that may have been in it... More
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