What is a recreational craft and personal watercraft?
Recreational craft means any watercraft of any type, excluding personal watercraft, intended for sports and leisure purposes of hull length from 2,5 m to 24 m, regardless of the means of propulsion.
A ‘personal watercraft’ means a watercraft similar to a recreational craft less than 4 m in hull length which uses a propulsion engine having a water jet pump as its primary source of propulsion and designed to be operated by a person or persons sitting, standing or kneeling on.
The legislation also covers partly completed recreational crafts, partially completed personal watercraft, components as listed in the Annex II, propulsion engines, mayor modifications of the engines and any mayor conversion of watercraft.
The legislation defines the health and safety requirements needed to be followed and puts limits in the amount of the noise and exhaust emissions the engines can have.
To place a recreational craft or a personal watercraft in the market, it needs to bear the CE marking, and be accompanied by the EC declaration of conformity. To draw the declaration of conformity a process called conformity assessment needs to be followed.
The exact process of the conformity assessment varies in function of the design categories and the dimensions of the craft and can be checked in articles 19 and 20 of the directive.
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