RECREATIONAL CRAFT DIRECTIVE ASSISTANCE
A comprehensive service to assist you in compliance with the Recreational Craft Directive. This includes advice during the build and a final inspection.
All the paperwork required, including the Owner's Manual and the Declaration of Conformity, is produced for you.
The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD)
in relation to inland waterway craft
To enable new vessels to be freely sold or transferred anywhere within the Economic Union (EU), a Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) was issued. This Directive, plus amendments, stipulates Essential Requirements (ERs) which have to be met and conformity with the ERs allows the craft to be CE marked. In simple terms, under the Directive, all complete boats first used, sold or transferred, for recreational purposes, must meet the ERs and be CE marked – by law.
However, it should be noted that the Directive only relates to the first use, sale or transfer, with no requirement for compliance with the Directive after that date. Further, there is no requirement for a vessel CE marked when first used, sold or transferred to be maintained to the Directive. Therefore, the CE marking of a second-hand craft for sale does not guarantee that it is fit for the purpose or has been maintained to any particular standard.
The ERs include those aspects involved with:
Anchoring, Mooring & Towing
The vessel must also include:
Craft Identification Number, Builder's Plate and Owner's Manual.
The boat builder, or whoever places the vessel on the market, or transfers the craft, must show that the ERs have been addressed. This can be by reference to published standards, such as British Standards, or other means, such as documented history of satisfactory performance. The Boat Safety Scheme (detailed elsewhere) can not primarily be used as a reference.
The new CE marked boat must carry a Declaration of Conformity, which should include:
Manufacturer's name & address
A description of the craft
Details of the standards used to satisfy the ERs
Part-completed or 'kit' boats require a Declaration of Conformity to Annex IIIa from the builder (Declaration details as above), but it should list only the ERs which have been met at the point of sale and how they have been met. A statement that the vessel was sold as requiring completion by others must be included. The vessel cannot be CE marked at this stage. However, when the boat is completed and can be shown to meet all the ERs, it may be CE marked.
There are a number of types of craft excluded from the RCD, including:
Air cushion vehicles
Canoes, kayaks, gondolas & pedalos
Replicas of historic craft designed before 1950, using original materials
Craft built for own use and not sold or transferred within 5 years. Hence, a part-completed craft, which is completed and used by the owner for at least five years does not need to comply with the RCD. Please refer to Trading Standards.
More information can be found at British Marine Federation or obtained from:
British Marine Federation
Thorpe Lea Road
Telephone: 01784 473377
Fax: 01784 439678