Well Dr Watson, for me a lot of it IS about Cat 1 or not Cat 1.
I don't mind the epirb or life raft requirements, but some of the other rules are a "one size fits all" nature and have just not been thought through well enough.
I've already mentioned the requirement that someone on board has done an ocean passage - that aint gonna work for me as a single-hander, and no, I don't want to go to a passage on someone elses boat first - I frankly, don't want to put my safety into someone elses hands. I am preparing my boat as best I can for the worst possible case scenarios - as much as one can anyway,y as nature is nature. And I am not going sailing on someone else's boat offshore whom I have had no hand in setting boat up, just so some cat 1 inspector can tick a box.
Looking further through cat 1 rigging rules - its all rules for Bermudian boats. My boat is rigged as Chinese lug rig, often called 'junk rig'. How can you take seriously a set of rules that assume everyone is going to rig their boat Bermudan style?
Hi Zozza, I totally understand that and agree with you. I'd never considered the option of shipping a boat offshore and then sailing on. But to get that experience, as IT pointed out it needn't be an ocean crossing, perhaps a longer trip as ex-TL suggested? Chatham Islands?
However, the reason I started the thread was not to do with the issues or utility of getting Cat 1 - which we've debated back and forth on this forum any times on many threads - but to find a solution for registration due to pressures other than having to meet Cat 1.
Some members have other reasons for needing something other than a NZ registration. As I understand it, BP was registered elsewhere, but due to other reasons had to register back in NZ. Some people don't want to register in NZ because of Cat 1, other people can't register in NZ because the boat is not owned but a citizen or resident.