Originally posted by DGR
Should Coding replace the CE mark? It should be an additional thing over and above the CE mark to allow you to use your boat commercially. Otherwise you would have to decide on the day that you buy it whether it would be commercial or leisure!!
Unless the boat fits in an exclusion as below it HAS to be CE/RCD approved and coding is a completely seperate thing as I understand it!
Paragraph 2 defines the types of recreational craft covered.
These boats are defined, not by their type or means of propulsion, but:
· by their hull length of 2.5 to 24 m, and in particular
· by their intended use for sports and leisure purposes.
It is specified that chartered, i.e. hired, recreational craft are covered by the Directive, as are
recreational craft used for recreational boating training. In both cases, the activity is not a
commercial passenger transport activity but one for sports or leisure purposes.
and here are all the listed exclusions.
(a) craft intended solely for racing, including rowing racing boats and training rowing
boats labelled as such by the manufacturer;
(b) canoes and kayaks, gondolas and pedalos;
(c) sailing surfboards;
(d) powered surfboards, personal watercraft and other similar powered craft;
(e) Original, and individual replicas of, historical craft designed before 1950, built
predominantly with the original materials and labelled as such by the manufacturer;
(f) experimental craft, provided that they are not subsequently placed on the Community
(g) craft built for own use, provided that they are not subsequently placed on the
Community market during a period of five years;
(h) craft specifically intended to be crewed and to carry passengers for commercial
purposes, without prejudice to paragraph 2, in particular those defined in Directive
82/716/EEC of 4 October 1982 laying down technical requirements for inland waterway
vessels (2), regardless of the number of passengers;
the exclusion in (h) concerns craft specifically intended to be crewed and to carry passengers
for commercial purposes. This means that recreational craft, which are crewed and are used
for sports and/or leisure purposes, are not excluded.
(j) air cushion vehicles;
There is another god knows how many pages of barely intelligible eurospeak but I think the above is enough for now! (well done Kitten!)