Condottiere said:1. Will the hurricane buffeting substantially move the Broadsword away from it's flight path?
2. Will the buffeting effect the crew and components? The answer is no, due to inertial compensation.
3. Will it damage the hull? Armoured, I believe.
4. Can you outrun the hurricane? Probably.
In terms of mass, smallcraft are probably in danger, but atmospheric turbulence for the larger ones, in likelihood, gets less so the larger it becomes, regardless of configuration. Maybe unarmoured dispersed.
As to Number 1, I would say definitely move it from it's flight path. Once the wind flips you over, your "thrust" is now pushing or pulling you the wrong direction, significantly altering your course. Think of what happens when you light off a model rocket motor before you put it in the rocket and add things like aerodynamic stabilizers.
Number 2) Agreed.
Number 3) Agreed
Number 4) With raw power yes. Now if only you could actually direct that force in the direction you want to go, but without atmospheric controls, that is not likely.