Originally Posted by trevordean
A category A rated sailboat? A blue water
Not completely - the Cat A rating implies that the basic seaworthiness for ocean conditions is designed into the boat, but not necessarily that the boat is a real blue-water cruiser. The weather
and conditions in the Caribbean are benign most of the time, except when caught in a hurricane's vicinity and a true blue-water boat is not needed; but the wind
and swells can get up a bit at times and thus a CE "A" rating guarantees that the boat, as designed, will not have any problems unless it is either mishandled or has technical difficulties.
While Class "B" is labelled as "offshore", most mass-produced production boats at the cruising end of the spectrum have an "A" rating once they get above a certain size (Hunter, Catalina