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RINA Set to Classify Sailing Vessels

30_October2012yachtingnewsRINA29 October, 2012, United Kingdom: The Royal Institution of Navel Archetechs (RINA) is one of the most well known and respected classification societies in the world. This organization has classified more than 1,200 yachts, superyachts and megayachts globally and has recently expanded its classification system to include sailing vessels as well. Previously vessels were classified based solely on hull configuration and machinery but since sailing yachts depend nearly exclusively on their rigging many in the industry complained that this narrow classification was illogical. The new guidlines, according to Pablo Moretti, RINA`s General Manager of of Marine issues, will include everything from the initial building plans to regular surveys durin the life of the vessel, even after the vessel is completed and delivered.

RINA conducted a recent study about the reasons why some sailing rigs will fail and came to the conclusion that one of the most prevalent problems come from a lack of understanding about handling particular rigs in specific situations. Sailing craft and motor craft handle very differently, regardless of hull configurations, because of power dynamics. If the captain and crews are not aware of critical data it can lead to misapplied sail reduction maneuvers, which can and usually over stress the entire system. The new guidelines include a maintenance and handling plan for mega sailing yachts as well as the more common motor yachts. RINA has also developed a new software that calculates the inertial loads stemming from hull motion during bad weather and much more easily to determines the correct safe/fail point.

Another change is making RINA certification mandatory for any RINA class sailing yacht that offers charters. Private sailing yachts will be allowed to obtain certification but not required to do so. Both owners and charterers will have several levels of certification to choose from and because the certifications are backd by manufacturer-certified levels of quality and being tested an even lower insurance rates, sometimes significantly.