What factors most make a skiff seaworthy? Thinking about the skiff challenge and my own experience has me wondering. The skiffs in the challenge may face snotty conditions, why did the companies select their respective model? I run a 58 year old 13 Whaler. Yesterday I was running back against a 1 to 2 chop with some true 3's intermixed, when the motor sputtered and then just died. There I was caught in a washing machine with no power, but I still felt safe. A quick assessment found that the fuel hose had popped off the fuel tank, perhaps from the rough conditions. Got it back on and pumped the bulb, and got started again. The old whaler, will pound you, but gets you home when it kicks up. I imagine it is a combo of a lot of things, but what is most important, beam, length, hull design, freeboard, weight..... Or just bigger?? Just musing for when I decide on a skiff.