Joel Gaté - official measurer of the Classe Mini
Inspection meetings will be scheduled during the racing campaign. It is incumbent upon each skipper to ask the Classe Mini for the dates of the inspection meetings and take appointment for one of them.All non-measured boats or already measured but modified on any control point or effecting the measurements especially boats (prototypes and production boats) equipped with lithium batteries must be inspected at one of these meetings.To participate in an official event published in the calendar, every boat must present a valid measurement form.The cost of measurement is € 150 for a boat the Classe Mini has never checked and € 90 for boats already measured but with a modification which requires a new measurement.A € 20 penalty payment will be applied for each nonconformity point that need to be re-checked.The presence of the skipper and a crewmember is required to assist the measurer.It is the skipper's responsibility to ensure that his boat remains completely in conformity with the last valid configuration of jauge. Sanctions will be taken if she doesn't.PRESENTATION TO A MEASUREMENT SESSION
The skipper must take an appointment to the Classe Mini before the measurement session. He must be present at the appointment place and hour decided with the Classe Mini. As it is difficult to schedule the measurement sessions, the calendar really has to be respected.
Registration to a session will be valid once paid. An unjustified absence will result in the loss of the payment.
The boat must be empty except for the batteries and the liferaft, without fenders, halyards attached to the deck collar, spars in position. The daggerboards must be in high position.
The rigging must be tighten enough to allow the stability test in good condition. If he doubts, the measurer can ask for a new setting or refuse to make this stability test. In that case, the skipper will have to present the boat to another session at his expenses.
Physical stops or straps that limit the movements of mobile appendages must be in position so that their sealing can be applied right after the end of the stability tests.What has to be shown
- the form showing the distribution of the flotation volume,
- the ship's license or equivalent,
- for the boats with a canting keel and/or mast, a written certificate from the designer detailing the worst configurations of the keel, the mast (specifying the positions) and of the ballasts for the large and small angles stability tests. Nevertheless, the measurer may ask, if he finds necessary, to check any other configuration. In the event one does not present this document or presents wrong datas, the setting of the real limiting positions during the measurement session will result in a € 50 penalty coming to be added to the cost of the measurement session.The boat must be rigged and ready to sail with
:On the deck
- the definitive version of the mast and its rig, completed with its equipments,
- waterproof partner,
- the low part of the mast must be watertight internally if the mast goes through the deck,
- air pipes of the ballasts and their closing cap in position and fastened,
- the identification number of the boat on the deck and on the hull,
- the hatch boards for the companionway with the locking system that can be operated from inside and outside of the boat,
- lifelines in position,
- mainsail sheet in position.Inside the boat
The skipper must ensure that there is no more water in the bilges and that all the personal or safety equipment is no more aboard except the following elements.
The following elements must be in position for the tests:
- the crash box bulkhead with inspection hatch if there is,
- the flotation reserves in position and fixed definitively,
- the ballasts in their final version with the pump and the equipment to bail, fill, isolate, empty or transfer,
- the drying equipment with two fixed pumps, one operable outside, the other operable inside, with the pipes,
- batteries fixed in their position,
- the protection of all through-deck bolts,
- electrical and electronic networks in position.The Liferaft
According to the installation, the liferaft must be:
- fastened in its final position inside the boat, at 15 cm maximum from the transom, letting the safety hatch handles accessible,
- fastened in its final position outside the boat, on the border of the transom,
- the strap which inflates the liferaft must be fastened properly on the boat.
Once the visual checks and the measures are over, the measurer will proceed to the stability tests, with at the maximum air draft point a 45 kg + 3 kg weight (including the Archimede's effect).
As the test is stressing for the rigging, it is the skipper responsibility to chose which halyard to use to make this test. Either a mast head halyard or a fractional one.