Originally Posted by Capt. Bill11
What are your thoughts on RINA as a classification and agency?
They are working very hard to become competitive in the yacht classification market. Judging by many conversations with RINA staff, I see them as providing a high standard of professional and technical guidance while understanding how to accomodate the needs of the large yacht operator.
The IACS "rule book" is pretty much standard across the field, one class society isn't going to differ from another in technical standards to any great degree. If you read the flag rule books you will find most stuff is virtually cut and paste from class rules. What I look for in a class society is responsiveness and knowledge of my issues.
When I call I want someone to answer the phone and know what I am talking about and what I need to know. I want a relationship with the local surveyor so I know how he thinks and he knows how I think and what I might try and get away with. I need the surveyor to be willing to provide the guidance I need to get the job done to their standard. The same holds for flag.
I don't think RINA will disapoint you .