Well we are probably all learning something from the discussion, I certainly are, and I had/have not ruled out getting cat one if I ever get around to sailing a boat away from NZ. And would probably go with NZ reg at least for the first 5 years.
The trips I have done on other peoples boats have all been without current cat one certs, most were very well prepared, some not so much , none of them had anyone outside the skipper and crew checking them before they left .
Do other countries have a similiar system for private boats going offshore? It seems we have a very thorough system covering NZ boats leaving NZ but nothing at all is required/inspected [other than Skipper responsibility] which really covers it all , for a boat sailing around NZ ,which can be at least as dangerous given that there is so much land to run into and we are so far south.
TC what would you say to a foreign boat that asked to pay for an inspection, and was prepared to listen to your opinion , and suggestions , but in the end whether he completely followed all the points was up to him, as he was not required to have cat 1.
If I did buy a boat off shore I would be doing my first trip without cat 1 anyway, unless I wanted to export an inspector!
I can understand someone being a little upset if they sailed a boat back from say Europe , cruising for a few years , lots of experience along the way, improved and upgraded, equipped the boat as he went , thought they had it pretty right/safe , and then were given a long list of things that they needed to do/buy/fix, before they were allowed to leave NZ . Different situation if he was allowed to negotiate over the list which it seems may be sometimes the case?
I wonder if many yachties in say Aussie look at our system and think oh, I wish I had someone telling me I have to do this or that before I can sail to Noumea for the winter.?
Cat one for Racers ! Skipper responsibility for cruisers!