Does a re-built craft need to comply with RCD?

In the early days of the RCD, there was widespread belief that if a craft was altered to a point where it may be considered a different or new boat, then it should be put through the Directive in its new form. Most people subscribed to this interpretation but not all. Some said that the RCD is intended to harmonise trade and a substantially refitted/rebuilt boat is not in the new-build market. Thus, they said, such a boat is not intended to be in the scope of RCD, in just the same way as a home-built boat.  Who was right? Well, the 2006 amendment of RCD included a new trigger point, a...

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Should a boat be declared to the EMC Directive?

In the past, builders did not declare their boats to the EU ElectroMagenetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) on the basis that they were selling a boat not an electrical product.  Boat builders would also say that they buy and fit only CE marked electrical components, so EMC compliance is implicit. Interestingly, however, the manufacturers of PWC have always declared to EMC.  HPi’s own research into EMC, which included a visit to an anechoic chamber, shows that components can interact and that every cable is a potential EMC antenna. Thus a circuit of EMC compliant components can fail...

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HPi attends a “floating” RSG Meeting

The RSG (Recreational Craft Sectoral Group) is the forum for Notified Bodies, industry representatives and the EU Commission to share and harmonise questions of technical interpretation of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD). The group meets once every 4 months and all Notified Bodies are expected to be regular attendees.  On 4th to 6th February 2013, the group, with Alasdair Reay (CEO of HPi Verification Services) met onboard the Silja Symphony, sailing between Stockholm and Helsinki, hosted by Notified Bodies DNV and VTT from Sweden and Finland respectively. On the opening day of the...

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