Indeed, a strong emphasis on safety permeates the Caribbean 1500, even though no safety checklist, after all, can guarantee a safe passage. Still, our safety inspector, Jeff Chabot, who's sailed several 1500s in his own boat, not only works through the required items on the checklist but walks my wife, Harriet, and me through the nitty-gritty of what to do in the event of a crew-overboard, a holing, a dismasting, or a steering failure on our Dolphin 460, Hands Across the Sea. After we arrived in Tortola we found there's a kind of safety postmortem, too, embodied in the form of Davis Murray, Steve Black's ocean-sailing compadre and Caribbean 1500 go-to guy. (For more on Murray, see "The Master of Deviation," September 2008.) Any boat arriving with a gear failure soon finds Murray up the mast or down in the engine room determining the cause of the breakdown and assessing how the crew handled it. Why and how did the part break? Did you have the right spares/repair parts/tools/know-how to get it up and running? The information Murray uncovers is incorporated into the next year's safety requirements and inspection.