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Re: Seaworthiness - Lloyd register rating?
neither lloyds nor the europaen CE ratings truly address seaworthiness....there is a lot more to seaworthiness than C/G, righting moment, ballast, water line, etc....and poor sailing, over canvassed and sorry decision making can destroy any notions of seaworthiness when thrown up against mother nature or her daughters...
those ratings, if real, can give you some peace of mind or insurance discount if that is important to you. Some ratings are just marketing spin....The lloyds letters are per the actual hull and impact how the boat was/is to be built, maintained and such. No certificate....no rating.
My beneteau in 1999, was "CE" Category A, and did actually have some build/equipment differences than the non- certified boats. That being said several other boats (tartan, hanse, bavaria IIRC) have had keels fall off and hulls compromised...whilst being CE category A....
Again none of this means a whole lot when out there in a stink.
What is your real concern in looking at these ratings? We may be able to address it more completely.