Reply To: Floor Boards
I think it is good to question the rules and the objectives in the class to keep up to date. However, it is also important to remember that the class has got this far under reasonably good control – there have always been measurement issues in lots of classes and I think that the OK generally has managed to handle issues quiter well.
The current issue of how the boat is weighed does not generally seem to be a problem. Floorboards were excluded from the weight of the hull because of the issue of ensuring that they are described on the certificate – it is good to know that the boat you are sailing against is the same one that was measured/weighed. Consequently, removable bits that can change are not part of the certified weight.
Some boats like GPs used to have floorboards in them, there was always an issue about boats sailing with different floors to the originals. They weigh their boats with the centreboard in situ, but I do not know if it is then marked by the measurer – and if they have a replacement – is the whole boat weighed again? (it obviously should be but I bet this only happens at championships.)
Keep on questioning the rules though because that is healthy, it shows someone reads them and honest open discussion means that the class is alive and active.