I just don't get it. If he wanted to start out, make some progress and see what developed, he could have taken a slightly different route, close to the FL coast, that would have added 200 miles to the 1300 mile trip. That would have kept him out of the main forecasted path of the hurricane and also within safe harbor if needed. It also seems odd that with all the modern modes of communication, so little is known about what really went wrong. Seems the only transmission was when it had already lost power, was taking on water, listing 15 deg, but even then the captain indicated it was under control.