Does a Home Build Boat need a CE mark?

The Directive states: The following shall be excluded from the scope of this Directive: …….. craft built for own use, provided that they are not subsequently placed on the Community market during a period of five years; The first point to note is that the boat is not exempt until 5 years have passed. During that 5 year period the boat is in a sort of limbo period with regards to its status.  During this time, the boat may not change ownership, even if given away without charge.  For some reason, divorce and home-build boats appear to go...

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HPi & ABS Group sign a global agreement for PED certificates

HPi Verification Services and ABS Group, the consulting division of the American Bureau of Shipping, have recently signed a partnership agreement to provide a combined PED inspection and certification service to industry all over the world.  The arrangement ensures that customers of either company benefit from having local ABS inspectors with both ASME and PED credentials combined with HPi’s highly experienced design review team and Notified Body status. HPi CEO, Alasdair Reay, said “HPi is delighted that ABS made the approach to partnership with us.  As an ex-employee of ABS...

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Do I need to CE mark my boat if I don’t sell it?

Yes! All the CE marking Directives, including RCD, require that a product be compliant when it is first put on the market or when it is first put into service in the EEA. (EEA = The European Economic Area which consists of all the EU member states + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.)  So, unless your boat is exempt for another, genuine, reason, (see more on exemptions here) it must be CE marked when you use it or sell it. The only possible exception is if you build a boat for your own use. In such a case, the boat becomes exempt after it has been in service for 5 years.  See a separate...

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When is a commercial craft exempt from CE marking under RCD?

One of the most common questions posed to HPi is whether a commercial boat is exempt from RCD or whether it needs a CE mark.  There is good reason for the confusion.  The RCD states: The following shall be excluded from the scope of this Directive: …… craft specifically intended to be crewed and to carry passengers for commercial purposes So many people make the mistake of assuming all craft being used for “commercial purposes” are excluded.  But the EU Commission’s guidance document on RCD states: chartered, i.e....

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HPi is now the UK’s only Notified Body for RCD

Following the recent announcement by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to cease its Notified Body service for the European Recreational Craft Directive, HPi finds itself the sole RCD certifier native to UK. This now means that HPi carries the sole UK vote at the RSG forum (where technical interpretations for RCD are debated and regulated).  HPi understands the gravity of this responsibility and is now planning a series of winter events where UK boatbuilders can get to know HPi and discuss technical interpretation of standards such that HPi can better represent the UK industry’s...

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