Join Date: Nov 2006
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Don't get me started...just try to build a one off boat in Europe..I waited 5 nmontyhs to get all the papaer work for my A cert.
The inspectors were...well..leave it there..but they were more into farming than boats...they requested certificates of EVERY SINGLE fixture, window, toilet etc. that went on the boat..
It must meet ISO compliances..bla bla bla...
IT'S JUST A FREEKING GIMMICK....Looks good on papers, and they FORCE the boat builders to do this certification...A JOKE!!!
I had to ask Lewmar, Sparcraft, Plastimo, etc..for doc on all the stuff that went on my boat..
Then they sent this moron that wanted to nail a plastic hose to my Cherrywood bulkhead, because the form said "positive fixture"...
It was a joke...he had us move weight around the boat and measured freeboard everytime..on a boat with a 10 foot draft!!!! he didn't even knew the boat had a keel with 4000lbs lead on it.!!!! Kid you not...
Wanted to do a stability test, by rolling my boat...I told him to give me a cheque for damages..he refused...I refused...we fought....
being a prototype sucks...but finally I complained and we got it fixed..apparentely some keel boats are not to show stability tests..the architect shows the numbers and its done..
then the "ex[pert", sent the 'expert" checks and tests to Brussels, and I waited 4 nmonths for a paper, so I could register the boat..
Catch this...can't have the boat in the water, because it's not registred, can't register the boat, because they took 5 months tio issue the certificates, can't have the boat outdoors, without proof of ownership...IT WAS A JOKE...
If Bavaria has an A Certificate, it's only to prove the hulls are white and not made of cardboard...everything else can