The Recreational Craft Directive ( RCD ) sets minimum requirements for boats which guarantee its suitability for sale and use within the European Union. The RCD (Directive 94/25/EC) came into force on 16 June 1998 and was amended in 2005 to include environmental emission limits
Medusa Marine is fully conversant with the design requirements and certification required for compliance with the RCD. Medusa Marine has built both motor yachts and sailing yachts and conducted all the compliance and certification in house.
The requirements, known as Essential Safety Requirements (ESR) cover all aspects of the boat from identification marks to strength of construction, stability and handling, from gas, electric and fuel system installations to owner’s documentation.
There are four categories (A, B, C & D) which are based on wind and wave conditions likely to be experienced covering Ocean, Offshore, Coastal and Sheltered Waters. Boats are CE-marked and carry an identification mark known as the Craft Identification Number (CIN), formerly known as the Hull Identification Number (HIN). Also a Builder’s Plate which shows the CE-mark and basic information about the design of the boat and the category for which it is was designed.
Medusa Marine can help with the design, build oversight and certification of new builds and home builds. Boats in design categories A & B and boats over 12 metres LOA in category C will also need some involvement of a Notified Body such as the RYA Technical Department, which monitors and checks some aspects of the design and construction. Boats less than 12 metres LOA in category C and category D can be self certified by Medusa Marine.
- New Build
- Condition Surveys
- Pre-Purchase Survey
- Insurance Survey
- Valuation Survey
- Damage Surveys
- RCD Compliance
- Acceptance and Sea Trials