you have to re-register and sail off a PY of 895. This is not unreasonable as you are effectively changing your boat to a new set of rules, it is effectively is a different boat and should be clearly identified as such.
We have a slight issues with GBR312 which needs to be dealt wit but otherwise it seems like a simple solution.
Using a specific sail No. as a cutoff seems a simple and obvious solution. But a couple of "what-iffs",queries and scenarios for ya:
Jim re-registers his fat ar**'d boat with a new number and in time sells it on, the new owner then takes the foam wedges off and brings it up to weight so that he can sail with the OD's and then's p*s*ed off 'cause he has to sail off 895.
Where does this leave the thriving Slurps of West Kirby and potential for growth?
AC's may eventually become the only way into the OD fleet for some, what happens if I buy a post
305 AC and take off the extra stuff - what handicap will I sail off?
Lot's of Nethercotts not being used in France and Sweden and could in the future be a cheap source of starter/OD boats. Importing one into the UK under the proposed sail number rule would penalise the buyer and possibly kill off a future route to growing the fleet.
I would have thought that requiring "proper and permanent" new rule boats (sorry Jim no insult intended) to get a new sail number but start the new numbers after a gap (say 20, 50 - pick your own number) to allow for imports, Slurps, change of use and grandfathering. But I suppose Jim's boat could always revert to 257. .. Sorted that one for ya... OH, as long as 257 hasn't been re-allocated to fix an anomaly.
Not complaining (yet
) just making some observations, but it would be interesting to know if these issues were looked at by the committee.