As a requirement for the Wineworks Cook Strait Race we need to obtain Category 3 Certification. As Halo had been previously been Cat 1 certified by previous owner for Round North island Race in 2010, I wasn't anticipating too much difficulty. However after reading the 157 pages of the YNZ Safety regulations and speaking with the Kim McMorran who does the certifications in Wellington, I realised there were a lot of details to attend to. Kim agreed to to the inspection on Wed 13 Sept and would need boat on the hard to inspect hull, rudder, etc.
I made up this to do list:
New Grab bag
2 x Cyalume light sticks
Life buoys each with Dye Markers. Add sail number 5155
Dinghy - set up and secure on deck
Emergency navigation lights
Dinghy - torch and bailer lashed in. Add boat name/number
10 Seasickness tablets - Cyclizine
10 Antihistamine tablets
Safety Location Diagram
Check anchors secured
Buckets x 4 - at least 9 litres with lanyards
Fire extinguishers - check total weight at least 4kg
Transom - add "Wellington"
Storm jib sail number
Life Jacket service certificates - RFD NZ for 2 x red Crewfits.
New Flares - 2 x Red hand flares, 2 x orange smoke flares
Hacksaw blades x 10
First aid manual - St Johns.
Batteries spare for torches
Print name and sail number of all items which can float, floor boards, squabs, life jackets, buckets, torches, etc.
Kim did the inspection on Wednesday. I did the washdown (antifoul still good) and replaced shaft 1" zinc anode. Kim found a number of things required or recommended to fix:
Forward hatch - replace acrylic panel
Stern light too low. Need new light > 30cm higher than deck level.
Middle lifeline on pushpit. Replace with Dyneema cord.
Storm jib - Attach sheets
Washboards - attach tie-downs
Mast base to be pinned
Fire extinguisher - move away from stove.
Grab bag. Add lanyard and sea drogue.
Check emergency rudder board.
Kim will come back for second inspection once I have completed the above.
I have attached the checklist the inspectors use: