Originally Posted by John Kennett
What is it that doesn't meet the imaginary rules? Is there more to a measurement certificate than just the length?
Actually the process of measuring a boat is to see how long it is - they measure the beam as well although it isn't relevant to anything, the length is multiplied by a factor for the class and type of power to give the minimum weight 246kg/metre in our case. It also records various details about the boat, the hull number, number and type of engines etc.
The problem comes when someone takes "A view" on the various merits of the safety of a boat where a rule doesn't exist, in the case of the Stirling it has a hole in the back of the cockpit that conforms to the rules and four seats, the driver and throttleman have to get out by releasing their harnesses (they have an air supply each), and exiting through the cockpit to the rear exit past the other rear seats that have been recently vacated by the navigator and other passenger (sponsor). There is no rule or dimension for the proximity of the seats to each other, we believe that there is plenty of room to get out and so does the UIM safety representative Bob Wartinger from the USA.
There is a proposal before the Offshore committee that measurer's have to at least attend a dunk test to witness the conditions that crews are trained under in order to escape an upturned boat because there is no requirement currently.
This journey started off many months ago when the RYA were informed of the layout of the boat and reared its ugly head at the Poole event on the 19th of June and I am waiting to see if I will be allowed to enter Cowes and the Marathon series although having missed the first two races that is all a bit pointless now! I have a crew, accommodation and a sponsor for Cowes, but I don't know if I will be allowed to race as it is right now!
Wish me luck!