Cat 3 Certification – Sept 2017

As a requirement for the Wineworks Cook Strait Race we need to obtain Category 3 Certification. I assumed Halo had previously been Cat 1 certified by previous owner for Round North island Race in 2010, and wasn’t anticipating too much difficulty. However after reading the 157 pages of the YNZ Safety regulations (PDF attached below) and speaking with the Kim McMorran who does the certifications in Wellington, I realised there were a lot of details to attend to. 

Kim agreed to to the inspection on Wednesday 13 and would need boat on the hard to inspect hull, rudder, etc.

I made up this to-do list:

  • New Grab bag
  • 2 x Cyalume light sticks
  • Life buoys each with Dye Markers. Add sail number 5155
  • Dinghy – set up and secure on deck
  • Emergency navigation lights
  • Dinghy – torch and bailer lashed in. Add 5155 lettering
  • 10 Seasickness tablets – Cyclizine
  • 10 Antihistamine tablets
  • Safety Location Diagram
  • Replace broken nav light
  • Anchors secured
  • Buckets x 4 – at least 9 litres with lanyards
  • Fire extinguishers – check total weight at least 4kg (Ok. 2.5. 1.0. 1.5)
  • Transom – add “Wellington”
  • Storm jib sail number
  • Emergency knife
  • Life Jacket service certificates – RFD NZ for 2 x red Crewfits.
  • New Flares – 2 x Red hand flares, 2 x orange smoke flares
  • Hacksaw blades x 10
  • First aid manual – St Johns.
  • Batteries spare for torches
  • Print name and sail number of all items which can float, floor boards, squabs, life jackets, buckets, torches, etc.

Motored Halo round to Evans Bay on Tuesday. Kim did the inspection on Wednesday. I did the washdown (antifoul still good) and replaced shaft 1″ zinc anode. Kim found a number of things required or recommended to fix:

  • Forward hatch – replace acrylic panel (Cactus Plastics).
  • Stern light too low. Need new light no lower than 30cm higher than deck level.
  • Middle lifeline on pushpit. Replace with Dyneema cord.
  • Storm jib – Attach sheets
  • Washboards – attach tie-downs
  • Mast base to be pinned – Hurricane Rigging
  • Toilet intake hose. Replace with new hose and remove superfluous cock.
  • Fire extinguisher – move away from stove.
  • Grab bag. Add lanyard and sea drogue.
  • Check emergency rudder board.

Kim was a bit concerned about the weeping keel but said he’d let it pass but we need to keep an eye on it. He assured me the keel won’t fall off.

He came back for second inspection once I have completed the above and issued the certificate valid for two years.

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