Over the years, various items have been added to or deleted from the required equipment list. Before the PCYC Technical Committee publishes the list for the 2020 race, here is a spot to weigh in on anything you think is pointless, and why.
10 gallons per person should be deleted. Anyone with a water maker is going to either lie and start with none, or lie about prudent consumption and leave the faucet running at the golden gate till its empty and then make water as needed. On the flip side, those who dont should be allowed freedom to choose how much they want to bring. Provide suggestions as to what normal consumption is, but not make it a rule.
Coated lifelines should be flexible. We had gotten new lifelines and installed them a day or two before our inspection and was told it was mandatory we strip the coating. As an alternative, if you can provide documentation as to the age of the coated lifelines, they should be accepted (say, more than two years old need be stripped or whatever).
Rating need to be ORR for all classes that are not one design. To that effect, if this is not to be the case, the norcal downwind rating need to be amended to reflect an offshore configuration and an inshore one. For instance, a 4000 pound hobie 33 is not by any means going to perform to a rating of 551 once you add another 1500 to 1800 pounds worth of safety gear and water.
There should not be a requirement for 2 independent batteries, especially for small boats without inboards. Since the popularity of battery operated sat phone communication has increased, making SSB communications outdated, the power requirements for communication have significantly decreased. Also the Sat phones have their own battery powering them that lasts for many days worth of communications, if not the whole trip.
Battery technology has gotten significantly better and more reliable. New reliable lithium batteries have huge power potential and easily can be double the capacity of a similar Lead acid battery. For low power consumption boats, all loads can be completely handled by one high Amp Hour Battery.