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Old 10-15-2013
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The RCD (Recreational craft directive) had some alterations.

Minor ones I would say. Most of them regards engine and pollution (that you can find here: REPORT on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on recreational craft and personal watercraft - A7-0213/2012

But some interesting ones regarding definitions and these modifications show good sense. They are important because they are pointed to provide to the general public information about each type of boat that comes from its certification class. I and many always thought that the typification of each class was misleading. Now the classes are the same but the definitions are more clear and appropriate.

A - Ocean class was: Designed for extended voyages where conditions may exceed wind force 8 (Beaufort scale) and significant wave heights of 4 m and above but excluding abnormal conditions, and vessels largely self-sufficient.

Now it is: A class- A recreational craft given design category A is considered to be designed for winds that may exceed wind force 8 (Beaufort scale) and significant wave heights of 4 m and above but excluding abnormal conditions such as storm, violent storm, hurricane, tornado and extreme sea conditions or rogue waves.

B – Offshore class was: Designed for offshore voyages where conditions up to, and including, wind force 8 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 4 m may be experienced.

Now it is : B class -A recreational craft given design category B is considered to be designed for wind force up to, and including, 8 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 4 m.

C – Inshore Class was: Designed for voyages in coastal waters, large bays, estuaries, lakes and rivers where conditions up to, and including, wind force 6 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 2 m may be experienced.

Now it is: C class - A watercraft given design category C is considered to be designed for a wind force up to, and including, 6 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 2 m

D - Sheltered waters class was: Designed for voyages on sheltered coastal waters, small bays, small lakes, rivers and canals when conditions up to, and including, wind force 4 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 0,3 m may be experienced, with occasional waves of 0,5 m maximum height, for example from passing vessels.

Now it is D class: A watercraft given design category D is considered to be designed for a wind force up to, and including, 4 and significant wave heights up to, and including, 0,3 m with occasional waves of 0,5 m maximum height.

REPORT on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on recreational craft and personal watercraft - A7-0213/2012
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