The coding I believe is for carrying fare paying passengers, not for the waters you intend to use a vessel in.
The MCA code books state very clearly that it is for:
1.2 The Code has been developed for application to United Kingdom motor vessels of up to 24 metres Load Line length which are engaged at sea in activities on a commercial basis and which do not carry cargo or more than 12 passengers.
Note: At sea.
As part of the defination page:
“To sea” means beyond category D waters, or category C waters if there are no category D waters
3.1.1 Compliance with the Code satisfies the requirements of the Merchant Shipping (Vessels in Commercial Use for Sport or Pleasure) Regulations 1993 to the extent covered by 1.4 above. The Code may be applied to any United Kingdom commercially operated motor vessel of up to 24 metres load line length (and any such motor vessel registered or owned in an other country when it operates from a United Kingdom port) which proceeds to sea, does not carry cargo and does not carry more than twelve passengers
Note: "which proceeds to sea"
I most defently agree that if you want to go to sea and work you must follow the rules.
I do not go to Sea, by the MCA defination. The solent is not the Sea. So my point is where does it state the equipment and code that i need for the solent?
The equipment that i have is there because i take my family on the boat and they are far more important than any paying customers and it is very simaler to the coding anyway.