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Boat import and CE related articles from Gablemarine. These articles cover a range of topics from finding a boat through to dealing with the whole import/export process from collection to delivery. If you can't find what you're looking for then please ask a question or contact us.

New Directive 2013/53/EC

2003/44/EC, referred to as RCD1, introduced in 2006 has now, after 11 years been replaced by 2013/53/EC. 2013/53/EC, often referred to as RCD2 became optional in early 2016, then becoming mamdatory from 17th February 2017, when RCD1 ended.

RCD2 unsurprisingly is an extension of RCD1, introducing complexity in some areas (particularly in the treatment of multihulls and indeed any craft with deck recesses) and stricter requirements in others, particularly emissions.  In terms of general changes, two stand out:

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Advice for ebay sellers, private and trade

Any craft being sold in Europe should come with three proofs: ownership, VAT status and compliance with the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD).  If any one of these is missing then even offering the craft for sale may constitute a criminal offence.  Hopefully not the case for you, but in case there is any doubt….

We've selected your advert as the boat is likely to have been an import from the US.  

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The point at which RCD Compliance becomes a legal requirement

Confusion within the Marine industry means that some may believe RCD compliance for an imported recreational craft is only required when the craft is sold on.  Here, with reference to definitions and text within the Directive, we show this is not the case and that if it's reasonable to conclude the craft is 'in use', it must also at this point be RCD compliant.

The Recreational Craft Directive uses two key phrases when talking about the point at which compliance becomes a requirement.  These are:

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Pitfalls of buying boats privately in Europe

What drives sellers to list boats privately?  Is it just saving commission, or is it more a question of whether the boat can be legally sold.  We discuss why you should be careful when buying privately....

Most European brokers insist on three key ‘proofs’ when listing a recreation craft:

  • Proof of ownership
  • Proof of VAT paid status
  • Proof of RCD Compliance (CE Marking)

Sellers without these ‘proofs’ often look to other online sales portals where a private advert can be placed, no questions asked.  Of these, the most common are:

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Are you invalidating your Pleasure Craft insurance?

A large number of imported craft have come to Europe after 1998, when the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) was first introduced.  Many of those arriving before 2006 are still either not compliant or poorly certified.  If your boat is non-compliant it is illegal to use and this may impact both your insurance cover and personal liability in the event of a claim..

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RCD Compliance for European Brokers

What we offer

Five basic services, the first three aimed at getting the compliance correct, the fourth at giving confidence to your buyers that this is the case and the last, helping to build a rewarding professional partnership between us and you.

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Gablemarine and HPIvs, a UK Notified Body

HPI Verification Sevices (HPiVS) is a UK Notified Body (# 1521), licensed to issue CE certification in relation to the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD2) 2013/53/EC (and previous versions eg 2003/44/EC).

As a UK Notified Body, the operations of HPiVS are overseen and audited by the UK Standards Authority (UKSA).

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Offers and Pricing

Gablemarine offers three key services:

  • CE Marking & Noise testing
  • Import / Export
  • Rectification of standard non-conformities & conversion of AC electrics (120v to 230v AC)

CE Marking remains our core business, undertaken worldwide, but most commonly on the Eastern US seaboard from bases supporting Jacksonville (FL) and Baltimore (MD) as embarkation Ports.  As we are nominally UK based we are also well placed to undertake CE work anywhere in Europe.

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EEA Directives

RCD 94/25/EC - 2003/44/EC

When considering imported craft the only Directive relevant to you is the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) 94/25/EC as amended by 2003/44/EC.  Originally drafted in the mid 1990's this was implemented across the EEA (European Ecomonic Area) on the 16th June 1998.  Various revisions have occurred but for you the most significant of these was introduced on the 1st of January 2006.

Though the history is worthy of note, retrospective assessments are not available so we must deal with the requirements today to understand what hurdles exist.

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