Well thought out response, and good for the newbies to ponder......
On the amusing side, couple of years ago, I took out a trainee on a Club H18, and asked the usual questions, including 'can you swim?' Bad move, should have asked 'How well can you swim?'
On the way back, sunny day, light winds 8 - 12 mph, we got hit by a gust while she was at the helm. One hull went UP, she slid right off, and she was GONE. From the shroud, I was busy enough trying to hang on, so needless to say, the boat capsized. With the Hobie Bob at the top of the mast, the boat started drifting away FASTER than the trainee could doggy paddle. Do I stay with the boat or stick with her to make sure she is safe?
Lucky for me, some kayakers were nearby, they picked her up, and she was safe. Now I was stuck with 'how to right a H18?' Again, my lucky day, the Club patrol boat came out, and with some help, got 'er up, and I sailed back to the kayakers and picked up the bedraggled sailor....She did not re-join the club the next year....wonder why?
1989 Hobie SX18 Sail # 1947 "In Theory..."
'Only two things are infinite, the universe, and human stupidity. But I'm not sure about the former.'