Originally Posted by letsgetsailing3
Oddly enough, many of the boat brands that regularly get bashed here have boats in Class A, and those are the types of boats I was primarily referring to. I wasn't suggesting that someone start with a boat that's completely not up to the task.
The problem with the EU Class A rating is the wide interpretation one can make about the term "abnormal conditions." While a Class A boat must be "designed for extended voyages where conditions may exceed wind
force 8 (Beaufort scale) and significant wave heights of 4 m and above" the criteria a manufacturer must meet to qualify for Class A certification
excludes "abnormal conditions." The Directive does not define that term.
Some people say anything over a gale is abnormal, provided you make intelligent and informed decisions about where you'll be sailing and when. Do that and you'll rarely encounter anything over a gale, so they say. A Class A certification
, therefore, could be given to a boat that might be seriously taxed in Force 9 conditions.
By defining the top end as winds "up to" something like Force 10 or 11 and wave heights "up to" something like 9 m or 10 m, I'm sure a lot of boats now receiving Class A certification wouldn't qualify. The Directive needs to better qualify the top end of Class A.
It makes me wonder how many boats, where the owners abandoned ship, that were later found floating and in good shape, would have been abandoned if the owners knew the top end the boat was certified to take.