Dehler 39 CWS Design Categorie

HEKTORRO

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In the UK as other EC countries, all pleasure boats must be marked as complying with one of four design categories as set out by the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD). I am a new owner of a Dehler 39cws (1991) and I have to present a Design Categorie Certificate of the boat to the Spanish Maritim Authorities.

I would appreciate any help on this issue.

Thanks beforehand,
Hector
 

alexg

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In the UK as other EC countries, all pleasure boats must be marked as complying with one of four design categories as set out by the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD). I am a new owner of a Dehler 39cws (1991) and I have to present a Design Categorie Certificate of the boat to the Spanish Maritim Authorities.

I would appreciate any help on this issue.

Thanks beforehand,
Hector

The yacht will almost certainly be exempt from the Directive on account that it would have been placed into service within EEA waters proof to 16th June 1998.

There is no formally recognised 'Exemption Certificate' (although some certifying bodies may offer these as a service having inspected your evidences), but all you need is some evidence that the yacht was in use within EEA waters prior to the date (Marina receipts or even evidence of boatyard work).
 

Tranona

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Just to add that if the RCD was in existence then the builders would have certified it in Cat A - but that does not mean it would meet absolutely all the requirements. Most designs needed at least some changes, mostly minor to meet the RCD.

Can't see how it is a problem with the Spanish authorities as there are probably thousands of pre 1998 boats in Spain that do not have formal certification. Think you will find that they use the categories to determine where you can sail the boat and the equipment you require. Presumably you want to sail offshore, in which case it will be in the highest category. If the boat is registered in the UK none of this applies even if it is kept in Spain.
 
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