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Old 21 November 2005, 10:35   #1
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A chap i know is looking to import a boat from the good old US of A.

Oviously this will not be CE marked. Is there any issue on not having a CE stamp from an insurance point of view and for re-selling it when he realises how much fuel it will drink.


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Old 21 November 2005, 11:27   #2
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Well. i'm very curious what you Uk guys will say about this.
It doesn't make any difference here in Holland.
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Old 21 November 2005, 11:30   #3
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Well. i'm very curious what you Uk guys will say about this.
It doesn't make any difference here in Holland.
It should do - EU law and all that - or are the dutch too sensible to implement these stupid laws???
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This import lark is becomming quite popular. I seriously looked into buying a 30ft Searay hard boat from the states a couple of years ago when the /$ exchange was good. By the time I'd added shipping, vat,import duty and getting it from Southampton to Cornwall, It was hardly worth it. That was without a trip out there to see what I was buying.I ended up buying one in Port Solent, ran it for two years and sold it for 2K more than I paid. Apparently the bargains are in Germany or Sweden at the moment.
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Old 21 November 2005, 15:00   #5
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Oviously this will not be CE marked. Is there any issue on not having a CE stamp from an insurance point of view
Yes, not only will the lack of RCD/CE approval affect insurance, it will be illegal to use the boat in the EU.

See Trading Standards the penalities are quite heavy

'Failure to comply with any of the requirements could lead to a criminal prosecution with a maximum fine of 5,000 and/or 3 months in prison. The enforcement authorities in all EU member states also have powers to remove non-compliant craft from the market and apply for their destruction.'
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A lot of products in the US carry their equivalent UL (?) mark, and many for export carry a CE mark also. I don't know whether their US equivs are acceptable here though - it's been a long time since I imported anything more technical than software.
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A lot of products in the US carry their equivalent UL (?) mark,
UL (Underwriters Laboratory) is not much more than a fire certificate, a product can be UL approved & all it means is that it will not burst into flames after it has electrocuted you or sunk. Been there, done it & wasted weeks at UL in Chicago.

All consumer products used in the EU must be CE approved, but depending upon the type of product it will have been approved to the relevant specification.

For boats this means that it has met the requirements of the Recreational Craft Directive
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and many for export carry a CE mark also.
They have to, or the importer has to obtain the approval.
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There are not any direct equivalents to RCD, but even if there were, they would carry no weight in the EU.
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Yes, not only will the lack of RCD/CE approval affect insurance, it will be illegal to use the boat in the EU.

See Trading Standards the penalities are quite heavy

'Failure to comply with any of the requirements could lead to a criminal prosecution with a maximum fine of 5,000 and/or 3 months in prison. The enforcement authorities in all EU member states also have powers to remove non-compliant craft from the market and apply for their destruction.'
So you can't use a boat that's ok for the yanks in the EU, but can go to sea without flares, a radio, lifejackets or any experience - hummm good old EU
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there is a guy on the hamble that brings secondhand boats in from Miami and sells em here, he sells about 5 a year, I'll dig his number out and you can ask him.

I think he is called Solent Marine, and he has a shop on the Pontoons Warsash near the Harbourmasters office ish
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So you can't use a boat that's ok for the yanks in the EU, but can go to sea without flares, a radio, lifejackets or any experience - hummm good old EU
Yep, most, if not all approval systems are in fact trade barriers, with UL being about the worst.
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