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A USERS GUIDE TO THE RECREATIONAL CRAFT DIRECTIVE

What is the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) ?
The RCD is a legal requirement in European Member States (EEA)
Recreational crafts must conform to the Essential Requirements which
include the Essential Safety Requirements (ESR)

It is good for consumers, as it details the minimum acceptable standards
for the design and construction of recreational craft. Manufacturers
also recommend design categories and maximum recommended
loads which can be found on the builders plate.

It is suggested that some caution is exercised when applying Design Categories,
as the User's experience and skill must also be taken into consideration.
Read on, Which Boats 'Need to Comply' - Click Here to Continue:
A Few Points 'Worth Considering' are - View Information:

 

RCD Design Category Conditions in the English Channel . . .

The chart below, reproduced with the kind permission of CE Proof,
gives an indication of the "RCD conditions" likely to be experienced
in the Channel at certain times of the year.

 

The above was measured at the Channel Lighthouse in the 1970s

DESIGN CATEGORIES:
view details: Category view details: Significant Wave Height view details: Beaufort
A - Ocean Exceeding 4m Exceeding 8
B - Offshore Up to & including 4m Up to & including 8
C - Inshore Up to & including 2m Up to & including 6
D - Sheltered Up to & including 0.5m Up to & including 4

Significant wave height means the average height of the highest 1/3rd of the waves
over a given period. Waves of double that height may occasionally be experienced.
It is possible for a vessel to have a CE marking in more than one design category
provided all requirements for those categories are met.

 

 

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CEproof . . making your mark for European Directives

Further information on the RCD
is available from C.E.Proof
For further infomation: www.ceproof.com

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