As to boat size stick with the industry standards. BTW I have herd of people
sailing from Hawaii to California in catalina capri 22. I guess it just
comes down to how crazy you are.
these are just a few
ABYC Certifide, C E certifide, NMMA certifide
International Marine Certification
Institute Recreational Craft
Boat design categories as defined by Institute Recreational Craft:
Design Category Wind Force
Beaufort Scale (knots) Significant Wave Height
in meters (feet)
A - "Ocean" exceeding 8 (over 40 kts.) exceeding 4 (over 13 ft.)
B - "Offshore" up to and including 8 (34-40 kts.) up to and including
4 (13 ft.)
C - "Inshore" up to and including 6 (22-27 kts.) up to and including 2
D - "Sheltered waters" up to and including 4 (11-16 kts.) up to and
including 0.5 (1.5 ft.)
A. OCEAN: Designed for extended voyages where conditions may exceed
wind force 8 (Beaufort scale) and significant wave heights of 4 meters and
above, and vessels largely self-sufficient.
B. OFFSHORE: Designed for offshore voyages where conditions up to, and
including wind force 8 (Beaufort scale) and significant wave heights up to,
and including, 4 meters may be experienced.
C. INSHORE: Designed for voyages in coastal waters, large bays, estuaries,
lakes, rivers and canals where conditions up to, and including wind force 6
(Beaufort scale) and significant wave heights up to, and including 2 meters
may be experienced.
D. SHELTERED WATERS: Designed for voyages on small lakes, rivers and canals
where conditions up to, and including wind force 4 (Beaufort scale) and
significant wave heights up to, and including 0.5 meters may be experienced
American Boat & Yacht Council
The ABYC is a non-profit member supported organization which develops and
publishes voluntary standards and recommended practices for boat and
equipment design, construction, service, and repair.
A.B.Y.C. Standards and Recommended Practices for Small Craft
a. Cover all aspects of boat construction related to safety and function
b. Emphasis on mechanical and electrical systems
c. A.B.Y.C. writes standards based on a consensus of government, industry
and private sectors
d. Standards compliance is voluntary and has no enforcement powers or
N.M.M.A. Yacht Certification Program
National Marine Manufacturers Association
NMMA maintains an active Certification Program that assures consumers that
boats, trailers, and lubricants meet mandatory and voluntary safety and
a. Voluntary compliance program
b. Compliance of volunteer participants is monitored by N.M.M.A. staff
through unannounced visits to plants and boat inspections
c. Program is for boats over 26 feet
d. Certification uses A.B.Y.C. standards and the Code of Federal
> What do people figure to be the minimum safe size for a boat to use way
> out of sight of land, say, the middle of Lake Superior or on a run from
> San Diego to Honolulu?
> There has to be some point between a Zodiac and a destroyer where the
> mindset changes from "you're crazy!" to "can I go too?"