Big seas are when the waves are longer and taller than than the length of the boat. Spirit is 35 ft long and when she is either standing on her transom or poking her nose through the bottom of a wave that is BIG SEAS. In our recent TV Documentary Clive Tully described the seas as "like looking out over Dartmoor, they just kept falling away at least 80ft into the distance"!
As for the merger, I think it will be good for the industry, and although I have a good working relationship with Ribtec my involvement and loyalty is a friendship with Tim Wilks which will always stay. The Ribtec hull design is a superior deep sea design and if I thought there was a better one then I would use it for our expeditions.