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Old 21-10-2007, 03:09   #1
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Question CE classification - "areas"

searching for new hatches see @ producers' pages
"CE classified A III" (VETUS) or
"category A area I" (GEBO)
or "Zone II, III, IV"

I know what are A,B,C,D design categories - but what do these "area"s
& roman numbers mean ?
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The Roman numerals may refer to the material (ie: 3 = Aluminum)
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Old 21-10-2007, 13:58   #3
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don't think so
these are some parts of the boat (e.g. zone I = hull, zone II = deck etc.)
I've heard something abt this, but cannot find exact description

and need it - to certify (at least try) our new boat - should describe all
parts in accordance with EC bureaucratic (f-word ) rules
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Old 21-10-2007, 16:26   #4
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DESIGN CATEGORIES

Category A: OCEAN Designed for extended voyages where conditions may exceed wind force 8 (Beaufort scale) and significant wave heights of 4 m and above, and vessels largely self sufficient
Category B: OFFSHORE Designed for offshore voyages where conditions up to, and including, wind force 8 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 4 m may be experienced.
Category C: INSHORE Designed for voyages in coastal waters, large bays, estuaries, lakes and rivers where conditions up to, and including, wind force 6 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 2 m may be experienced.
Category D: SHELTERED WATERS Designed for voyages on small lakes, rivers, and canals where conditions up to, and including, wind force 4 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 0.5 m may be experienced.

Category
Height of the Waves
(ft)
Wind Force (Beaufort)
A
> 4 m (13.0 ft)
> 8
B
< 4 m (13.0 ft)
< 8
C
< 2 m (6.5 ft)
< 6
D
< .5 m (1.6 ft)
< 4


For additional information concerning the standard equipment, please refer to the manuals enclosed with the boat.

Maximum recommended number of persons on board by design category:


Category
Maximum Number of Persons

A
8


B
10

C
12

D
12

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"don't think so
these are some parts of the boat (e.g. zone I = hull, zone II = deck etc.)
I've heard something abt this, but cannot find exact description"

The areas are references to the "protectedness" of the installation.
Rule-of-thumb: Area I is basically for installation above the waterline: hatches must have frames for the glazing, and there are all sorts of rules governing fastening/sealing/dimensions.
Area II is for areas above the sheerline or a certain distance above the waterline. Coachroof, if you like, while Areas III and IV are for protected installation.
Just go for Area I if you can: Area II if you have to.
Good luck, and may your outside water always be outside water; may leaking hatches be someone else's!
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Some light reading on the EUs RCD:

A guide to the application of Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC:
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/marit...2_94_25_en.pdf

DIRECTIVE 94/25/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
EUR-Lex - 31994L0025 - EN

Directive 2003/44/EC amending Directive 94/25/EC
Enterprise & Industry - Maritime Industries - Regulatory Aspects - Directive 2003/44/EC amending Directive 94/25/EC
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"don't think so
these are some parts of the boat (e.g. zone I = hull, zone II = deck etc.)
I've heard something abt this, but cannot find exact description"

The areas are references to the "protectedness" of the installation.
Rule-of-thumb: Area I is basically for installation above the waterline: hatches must have frames for the glazing, and there are all sorts of rules governing fastening/sealing/dimensions.
Area II is for areas above the sheerline or a certain distance above the waterline. Coachroof, if you like, while Areas III and IV are for protected installation.
Just go for Area I if you can: Area II if you have to.
Good luck, and may your outside water always be outside water; may leaking hatches be someone else's!
thank you very much, sir !
your tip is of great use
and let your wish come true
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