It's rare to hear such solid advice as this and I think the guy may have a chance.
Equipment Failure: Anyone who has sailed offshore
knows that Murphy is the only law that applies once you’ve left the
dock. In my experience, the best time to push the boat to it’s limits is
before an actual event. I’ve done it both ways, and I’m going back to
my roots on this one with the goal of keeping the boat as simple as I
can while still allowing it to perform well. That will require about a
year of sea trialing in a relatively controlled environment (Gulf of
Mexico/Atlantic coast) before leaving for the 14,000 mile voyage. My
approach to this project is to not become greedy about eeking out an
extra percentage of a knot at the risk of keeping things reliable. The
fewer moving parts the fewer things there are to break, but you’d be
surprised how difficult it is to ignore the “if we added ____, the boat
would be ____ faster at this angle”. Moral of the story, K.I.S.S.