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2003/44/EC, referred to as RCD1, introduced in 2006 has now, after 11 years been replaced by 2013/53/EC. 2013/53/EC, often referred to as RCD2 became optional in early 2016, then becoming mamdatory from 17th February 2017, when RCD1 ended.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