I see your point and do wish all yachts had better construction and safety measures ie stronger keels & attachment points and watertight compartments but its just not the way factory built yachts will go. Putting in watertight compartments takes up interior space and when two boats are sold side by side the boat with the better interior will sell because that's what the public think they want most. The factory selling the unwanted feature looses market share and the product is changed or abandoned - that's just the way it is.j
I don't get all the bene bashing especially seeing we have no facts as to why the keel came off. . Remember everything after 3.61m LOA is a want, not a need to circumnavigate let alone cross the Atlantic. This incident is the exception rather than the norm. Plenty of Bene's have circumnavigated. I know one that's done three and its prob not the record holder.
I don't think that this is "Bene bashing", many modern production boats use the same design patterns.
It is more about thinking of pratical ways to make modern boats safer.
These are questions which one should think about and so far viable options have been offered so it is all positive. If the family reads, I don't think that seeing that the accident lead to headscratching and constructive discussion is an issue. I think that some us reading this are just thinking "this could have happened to me" and risk awareness can only be positive. I don't sail so much nowadays but if the bug bites me again, and I decide to go far away, I will certainly think more carefully about liferaft stowage, keel attachment and watertight bulkheads.
And it is not only about this only event, the French boat which sank nearby after being rolled over by a wave would have benefitted from two of these measures.
People want collision bulkheads, water tight compartments, stronger keel attachment, backup steerage, rudders isolated to stop flooding etc but 9 times out of 10 they will buy something that fits the budget and will most probably do the job anyway.
Actually there are builders doing this today. Pogo cant keep up with there orders. So to say it cant be done would be incorrect. More like the issue is that the really big production builders have been doing the same thing for so long its like trying to make the USS Nimitz do a u turn with in its own wake.
Also I think some large volume builders are putting steering gear behind bulkheads in their recent designs. Kinda recall Elan and I think one other builder doing this in recent designs.