I think it was pretty foolish of him to do that. He should've just sailed north. Why head towards Florida which is notorious for being devastated by hurricanes? I would've sailed north towards Canada along the coast. A storm will weaken as it heads north. Plus if you're near shore you can always head in and bail out if you have to.
I spent 20 years picking up broken boats and people out of the ocean. Mariel Boat Lift, Hurricane Hugo(Charleston Harbor Navy piers), was in McClellansville the next day after Hugo and saw 90 ft trawlers tossed hundreds of yards away from the water, ocean barges stacked like cord wood on the beach, Gloria, many many Haitians trying to get away from Haiti,the Tamaroa during the perfect storm. I have seen Russian Factory Fishing boats run over our 80 ft trawlers off the coast of Oregon in the 70's before the 200 mile limit was in place. Have seen tuna trawlers over loaded to the extent of sinking, because they had some very good hauls while 70 miles of shore. Saw fishing boats sink while being towed to safety because the crew would not check the bilges.
Some people should not be at sea when the weather is shitty!!
Silly me, there was I thinking all this time that the Bounty had accidentally been caught at sea by the storm, when in fact they DELIBERATELY put to sea knowing the hurricane was coming! Crazy!
I suppose they were adrenalin-junkies hoping to be able to one day boast to their grandkids how they once faced down a hurricane, but the hurri had other ideas!
Same with Everest-junkies, there are 200 dead bodies in the death zone around 26,000 feet, crazy people!
Body on Everest-