Thanks for the help.
I have a fairly good understanding of the safety gear (flares, EPIRB, grab bag, rig cutting tools etc) requirements. We're at Cat 5 at the moment (except for the depth sounder) and purchased a lot of the Cat 3 safety equipment when we sailed the boat to Auckland from the far north.
In a nutshell my issues are:
- Design/build the electrical system from scratch which covers: Nav lights, tiller pilot, bilge pumps, VHF radio, depth sounder etc (looks to me like electric bilge pumps are not required for cat 3)
- Where do you put the nav lights on an 8.5m catamaran?
- What's the ideal layout and construction of a good jackstay system?
- What is the solution for guardrail and lifeline requirements for an 8.5 multihull? I would feel safer not having them at all on a multihull in the event of a capsize instead relying on the jackstays.