Recreational Craft Directive
The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) sets minimum requirements
of a boat guaranteeing its suitability for sale and use within the
These requirements cover all aspects of the boat from
identification marks to strength of construction, stability and
handling, from gas, electric and fuel system installations to
The RCD was implemented in the UK as the Recreational Craft
Regulations and came into force on 16 June 1998. Any boat placed on
the EU market after this date, whether a new build or imported from
outside the EU, must be CE-marked.
- Look for ‘Craft Identification Number’ (CIN) on transom, 14
character number giving code for country of origin, manufacturers
identity, serial number and date of manufacture and model
- A ‘Builders Plate’ with manufactures name, maximum load,
maximum number of persons, design category and CE mark.
- The design category shown on the builders’ plate relates to the
conditions for which the boat has been designed to
- A = Ocean, B=offshore, C= inshore and D=inland or sheltered
- Owner’s Manual with Recreational Craft Directive ‘Declaration
of Conformity’ attached.
- All craft should have a suitable mooring point.
- All craft should be able to be re-boarded from the water.
- All craft should be strong enough and have sufficient stability
and buoyancy depending upon size.
- Fuel systems including LPG should be correctly installed.
- Electrical systems must be safe.
- For complete list of RCD essential requirements down load the
BMF Boat builders guide to the RCD. http://www.britishmarine.co.uk/
There are some exceptions:
Boats built for own use and not placed on the market within five
Certain categories of boat, such as racing boats and
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