You make it sound like any boat with a Euro A is worthy...I disagree...but i am done here too.
Nice bait, just after I'd promised to stop! To be totally clear: No, I do not
trust CE Cat A as a final arbitrator of blue water boats, but as I said, it or a similar standard ought to be the baseline
below which one should not list a boat. There are alternatives such as Lloyds, Veritas etc., though none universal. Behind all I've said lies a recognition that boats are increasingly a "consumer" product both in terms of production and buyer's rights. For older boats the best we have are lists like Neal's, but for boats after the early 90s standards become important. In Europe certainly, yachts are classed essentially as a capital asset with comparable manufacturer's liability to a house, certainly better than a car, and far exceeding the "warranty" that builders would have you believe in. This implies, to my mind, that when you buy a boat to the highest spec, a "blue water" cruiser, you have actual legal rights if it should fail in critical ways, and this goes also if you bought second-hand with not too many years under the keel.
In short, it would be good to see a few more baselines applied. For such expensive assets and personal risks we deserve better than mates' advice however experienced they are. One cannot legislate for "comfort" and other crucial factors, of course, so lists based on user experiences still have plenty of scope.
And now I am really, really done :-)