I canít say if thatís true, but I do recall that is Beneteauís recommendation. IF itís true, it goes to show the CE is a manufacturing standard, not a safety standard. All the EU countries came together to agree on the minimums, so one wouldnít undercut the other.
I don't remember the details but I believe Jeff_H explained that this is the case very clearly some time ago.
While our boat has more holes than Swiss cheese (a fact that is also not Swan-like, but Iím fine with), Iím trying to mentally calcukate the additional cost to provide proper thru hull equip. Labor would be the same. I can also live with adhesive against a proper flange, as opposed to the hard core backing plate and through bolted.
I would not call it 'hard core' to expect a backing plate and sea c*cks through-bolted. This is a safety critical measure.
Maybe another grand in parts on our boat? Iím the second owner (bought when she was 4 yrs old), but have the POís invoice. Fully fitted he paid roughly $800k, in 2004. I canít imagine another grand was a factor.
And now calculate the additional cost for YOU, the owner, of having all sea-c*cks replaced every 5 years.
Since you have the boat now for 14 years, you surely have replaced all of them twice already, right? And you are ready to do it again next year, right again?
Beneteau Group (J and B) does a great job of providing bang for your buck. But there is a fine line between value engineering and cutting corners. They stepped over the line with this one.