Originally Posted by tuffr2
I had to modify my Google search and now found CE certification info.
From what I read it is an European thing and some boats are certified differently depending on how many people are on board. Beneteau
rates their boats (for example) for 'Ocean - Cat A' with a few people on board but drops the certification to 'Offshore B' if enough people are added.
Cat 'D' will be small row boats. If you google image 'small row boats' you should see more examples examples.
You've sort of got it bass ackward
Boats are certified differently depending on the conditions they are sailing in. The "worse" the conditions, the fewer people can be carried.
It's not a case of "adding people" for Cat B, it's a case of reducing the number of people permitted in Cat B if used in Cat A conditions.
I can carry 20 people in Cat D conditions, but as I move further offshore
, the number of people I can carry goes down.