The new Iso Standardes ISO 12217 offshore requirment to acieve Cat B status only came into effect this yr. for Recreational Craft.
The way I see it is a RCD cat C boat may one day get stuffed into only being allowed to go out in daylight,3 miles from port and probably will not be allowed to be used for anything else other than mooching about unless it gets a stability test done,which I can say some great open ribs will not pass as they either have downfooding angles of less than 40 Degrees or are to stable the wrong way up..
This may not bother anybody and I realy do hope it dont happen,but as I said in the past I am a Happy Cynick.
You see when I was mooching about this yr at Ribex I saw a open boat that looked like a military boat and I liked it,so I asked the company was it an offshore and they said yes, no problem sir.
Bulshit it was marked up cat C RCD,yes at the moment you are allowed to go offshore untill the insurance companys realise there is another angle for them not to pay out.
Insurance companies in my opinion dont want to loose there existing clients so they arnt going to say to much on the subject at present.
EG, sir you should not be using this boat in those conditions,or area?
Its a bad time with all the new regulations and I feel we should maybe all ask Rib net to ask a few unhealthy questions like to the Mca or RYA.
1X If my boat got cat C ce marking what are the limitations now and can you guarantee they will not change in the next 10 yrs and the insurance companies will at no time limit my use for private use.
2X If I have bought a cat B boat before the Iso Standardes came into force,i.e this yr will I ever have to get it re surveyed or could my Cat B status ever be lossed in the next 10 yrs
3x If I have bought a cat B boat that Wasnt measured against the current iso 12217 does that mean if I want to charter I will have to start all over again and becouse it aint got a stability test done it may fail! and then I may be limited to pootling about within 3 miles in daylight.
Its just bad news for the man that buys a RIB withought looking into things.
And Im no tecki but when you spend a lot of money on a rib you want it to be right and I hope by asking these questions we get a debate that helps all of us get what we want.
Not what we are sold.
As far as the person who wants to charter a rib this yr goes .
My advice is simple buy one then sell it, it may be cheaper