RoyL wrote:And section E has the same language about hull appendages. And similar language is in the section about the rig. Seems to me by the time you are done you have covered the entire "boat".
Nope, you haven't covered the entire boat! There remain rules about the boat in Section C which are not part of what you call fundamental measurement and which is now called certification control in the ERS.
It may be worth noting that this is not just an IOM issue. This is the way that Marbleheads and 10 Raters are measured as well.
However, the issue to me has now become very clear--fundamental measurement without measurement is plain and simple absurd.
That is your opinion, of course, to which you are completely entitled. Others see it quite differently. I can see no good reason, however, to characterise the opinons of others as absurd. I have no doubt you would react strongly yourself if told your ideas were absurd.
Is there anyone who can explain the purpose of this system? Who came up with this idea?
As I recall, it became clear that the 'old' system of certification wasn't working. Loud voices were heard from places like the USA where distances are greater and boats are much more thinly distributed that it was difficult enough to get to a measurement tank, never mind having to do that every time you changed your mast or boom.
It also became clear that owners were being turned into technical 'cheats' because they did not have their boats re-certified after changing their mast (say). There were many owners performing routine maintenance on their boats and keeping them within the rules, yet being technically illegal.
RSD thus changed the system to make it clearer that it was the duty of the owner to keep the boat legal, and to minimise the measurement burden by making it clear that Section C rules only needed checking at events.