The new directive: Freely available guidelines

Keyword recreational craft directive.
Here is a fresh collection of the advice and guidance currently (as of 16 March 2015)  available on the various EU portals. Meant as a useful overview:

Remind me: What was the purpose of that directive?
What falls under the term recreational craft?
What does not fall under ‘recreational craft’?
General quick compliance guide for the directive.
Summary of harmonised standards.
Who developed the standards?
How to apply the standards?
All about CE marking including the exact procedure itself.
How do you check conformity of your produced craft?
Once certified, how and where do you place the CE affix?
Technical documentation – what it must contain in order to prove compliance.
Who controls and certifies, per country and procedure?
EU facts and figures about the recreational craft sector in Europe.

 

 

Remind me: What was the purpose of that directive?
“The Directive 94/25/EC on recreational crafts specifies in detail the essential requirements that the product must meet in order for the manufacturer to affix the CE marking.”

The recreational craft sector refers to boats with a hull length of 2.5m to 24m intended for leisure or sport. It includes the internal market legislation that these products must comply with, so they can be sold freely on the EU market.
The sector is regulated at EU level for safety and environmental standards, as well as design and production requirements, and administrative procedures. The aim is to ensure the sustainable development of the sector from an economic, social, and environmental perspective.

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What falls under the term recreational craft?
“The Directive defines ‘Recreational craft’ as any boat of any type, regardless of the means of propulsion, from 2,5 to 24 meters hull length, measured according to the appropriate harmonised standards intended for sports and leisure purposes. Boats used for charter and for recreational boating training are also covered by this Directive when placed on the market for recreational purposes. The Directive also applies to personal water craft defined as a vessel of less than 4 meters in length which uses an internal combustion engine which has a water jet pump as its primary source of propulsion and designed to be operated by a person or persons sitting, standing or kneeling on, rather than within the confines of a hull.” Source: Here.

What does not fall under ‘recreational craft’, but still swims / dwells / floats / races? “Among products excluded are crafts intended solely for racing, canoes and kayaks, gondolas and pedalos, sailing surfboards, powered surfboards, along with others. For a full list please consult the Directive Chapter I, Article 1, 3.” Source, again: Here.

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General quick compliance guide for the directive. Very digestible. Published by the European Boating Industry.

Summary of harmonised standards, titles and references, listed under the new directive. Note that one can subscribe to an RSS feed also here which might be a good idea as the portal announces constant further development of the standards.

Who did it? 😉 Who developed the standards?
CEN and CENELEC, based on a mandate from the Commission. Once standards have been adopted, their references are published by the Commission in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).”

How to apply them? Application guide to the amended directive. 
“The Application Guide to the Recreational Craft Directive provides guidance on the application of the essential health and safety requirements relating to Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC as amended by 2003/44/EC.”

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All about CE marking including the exact procedure itself in a 2 page PDF, with links!

How do you check conformity of your produced craft?
Here is the procedure in all EU languages. HTML ad PDF documents. Beware: Lots of text.

Once certified, how and where do you place the CE affix? See here for details.

Technical documentation – here is what the technical documentation of produced craft must contain in order to prove compliance with the new recreational craft directive.


Who controls and certifies, per country and procedure?
Here is the 2-click set of drop-down menu’s guiding you right through to your topic. Example: Post-construction assessment for article 8.1 for recreational craft, per country. With direct hyperlinks to thee respective institution site.


Here are some EU facts and figures about the recreational craft sector in Europe.

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