A basket of thoughts on submitting plans the USCG MSC in 2017.
A fellow who was quite informed about other catamaran designers told me that John Marples has given up on dealing with the USCG submittals. He also thought that Gold Coast had not had a new submittal since Ganulin retired. On the othe side, Schooner Creek thought the whole process went fine on a new submittal.
As I have noted, I am very wary of the new “kids” there and, as I found out last spring, anything that we had as settled regulations for the last two decades could be over. Which leads me to my next thought.
Building departments charge a lot of money for plans submittals. The USCG MSC charges nothing. I imagine that as soon as Trump realizes that some part of the government is doing something for nothing, that will change.
If any of you are thinking of having me do a new plans submittal to the USCG, I urge you to do it now.