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2008 205 Conquest Certification Design
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posted 07-14-2008 07:03 PM ET (US)
The online owner's manual for this boat indicates that it is classified B (Offshore). The hard copy of the same owner's manual indicates a C (Inshore) classification. I spoke with Chuck Bennett and the 205 Conquest is indeed classified B. The hard copy of the manual contains the misprint. All of this information can be found in section 2,page 3 of the owner's manual
posted 07-15-2008 09:07 PM ET (US)
A. OCEAN: Designed for extended voyages where conditions may exceed wind force 8 (Beaufort scale) and significant wave heights of 4 m and above but excluding abnormal conditions, and vessels largely self-sufficient.
B. OFFSHORE: Designed for waves of up to 4m significant height and a wind of Beaufort force 8 or less. Such conditions may be encountered on offshore voyages of sufficient length or on coasts where shelter may not always be immediately available. Such conditions may also be experienced on inland seas of sufficient size for the wave height to be generated.
C. INSHORE: Designed for waves of up to 2m significant height and a typical steady wind force of Beaufort force 6 or less. Such conditions may be encountered on exposed inland waters, and in coastal waters in moderate weather conditions.
D. SHELTERED WATERS: Designed for voyages on sheltered coastal waters, small bays, small lakes, rivers and canals when conditions up to, and including, wind force 4 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 0.3m may be experienced, with occasional waves of 0.5m maximum height, for example from passing vessels.
I would not want to be on this boat offshore in 12' seas.
posted 07-24-2008 09:22 PM ET (US)
Chances are, Whaler uses a certification company to tell them A) what hardware to use to meet CE specs, and B) what sea conditions their boats can meet. Somehow, I seriously doubt a 21' is going to be able to withstand a class B rating.
Ask Chuck B. who did Whaler's CE analysis? You might get an interesting question back...or pause, seeing as the public usually doesn't know about these things.
posted 07-24-2008 09:29 PM ET (US)
My guess, they used Vectorworks Marine out of Titusville, FL. Ask Chuck B. about them. Very reputable company, but to give a 21' an offshore rating? I don't care whose boat it is, that's a stretch!
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