I did a lot of research
and could not find anything that pointed directly towards the construction of a vessel. And the word "construction" is used differently in OZ then in the USA, it seems.
Apparently, the codes of construction are a guarded secret. Everything I found was in relation to safety
on the water
and not the vessel itself.
There is a Surveyors group. So they must has some standard that they go by. Maybe to contact one of them would get better info, unless they want to keep it to themselves. >>> Surveyor List
Then there is the AS 1799 >>> http://www.nmsc.gov.au/media/pages_m...er%20Boats.pdf
which again seems to only refer to equipment
But I did find this: >> Boat builder's ABP information
One should not confuse a Design and Construction standard with the ABP Standard. The ABP Standard is simply a document that describes the Australian Builders Plate, what should be on the plate, what vessels it applies to, where it should be fitted and other details about the plate itself.
A design and construction standard (such as Australian Standard 1799) details how to assess the carrying capacity of a vessel, how to conduct stability tests, etc, on the design side, and on the construction side - the minimum size of ventilators to engine compartments, the arrangement of exhaust systems etc.
The three main Design and Construction standards that a builder is likely to consider when assessing the carrying and powering capacity of a vessel are Australian Standards, American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards, and International Standards Organisation standards (ISO). Both Australian and International standards may be purchased at Standards Australia and the ABYC standards may be purchased at the American Boat and Yacht Council.
Some websites require the purchaser to become a member of the organisation before they may purchase a standard.
Note that the ABP says nothing about build quality or hull strength (though a builder would presumably ensure the transom can take the forces that an outboard is likely to place on the transom). The ABP only gives customers essential information about carrying capacity, outboard engine power and weight, and for vessels under 6 metres the standard of buoyancy. The customer will obviously consider all things about the vessel when making a purchasing decision - the vessel's capacity and power, but also fit-out quality, amenity, appearance, and if they hire a surveyor to examine the vessel, the machinery and construction quality as well.
But everything seems to be small/power boat rated.
OZ does have the ABCB but all the links to it are dead. >>> Waratah-Wynyard Council - FAQ Building - Local Government, Somerset, Boat Harbour, Sisters Beach, Tulips, Beaches
Or maybe not accessible from the USA. I think they want you to buy the publication$.