IMS Accommodation Regulations define
Cruiser/Racers types of boats by controlling their cost while
promoting safety and crew comfort. Cruiser/Racer yachts shall be
those designed for cruising and longer stays on the boat, and
the minimum requirements are intended to guarantee the boat
design follows this basic philosophy, and includes these
- The purpose of the yacht shall be primarily cruising.
- Accommodation layout and outfit shall be at least
comparable to the standards of series production models that would find a broad market as cruising yachts.
- Sacrifice of layout and accommodation to
features which are primarily suited to the racing character of a
yacht shall be suppressed.
- The yacht without modification is fully
suitable and actually used for cruising.
Boats complying with IMS Accommodation
Regulations are categorized as Cruiser/Racers for all
IMS and ORC
rules and regulations as well as the
VPP calculations. All other boats are
categorized in Performance Category.
Fundamental Requirements for
Cruiser/Racer division are as follows:
- The interior of the
yacht should include: living area with table and settee,
sleeping area(s), galley area, navigation area and a separate
enclosed compartment for toilet/wash basin, accessible through a
rigid door. Living areas and sleeping areas should be separated
by means of rigid bulkheads or partitions.
- A living area (cabin) shall
consist of space containing a table and settees.
- Sleeping Area shall consist of a space
containing berths and adequate facilities for personal gear
- Galley Area shall include stoves, sinks,
galley gear stowage and food stowage
- Navigation Area shall include flat area
suitable for chart work. The area should be built with storage for
charts, navigational instruments, books, etc.
- Toilet shall be permanently installed
and operable in compliance with local regulations with wash
basin near the toilet, fitted with pump/tap and drainage system which permits use
- A cabin sole shall extend fore and aft
over a length which provides convenient access to lockers,
berths, galley, head, navigation area and other components
making up the yacht’s interior.
- Headroom is defined based on boat's length.
- Hanging Locker(s) shall be of sufficient
dimension to permit hanging garments vertically.
- Fresh Water Capacity is defined based on
length of boat and number of crew members
- Boats with inboard engines
shall be directly supplied from permanently installed fuel tankage.
- For cruising amenity, the cockpit
should feature fixed seating, seatbacks and coamings. The length of
seating should accommodate crew numbers at least equal to the
required number of berths