Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Ensuring Special Regulations compliance before buying a yacht

by Craig Heydon on 28 Apr 2011
. .
Yachting Australia is encouraging prospective buyers to check that imported yachts with CE Recreational Craft Directive plates actually meet the requirements of the Directive.

A number of examples have occurred where imported boats with Directive plates affixed have not met with the Directive requirements in one or more respects.

Directive Compliance Plates are affixed by manufacturers and not every production yacht is subject to independent inspection to verify compliance.

Prospective buyers, owners and importers should be aware that there are differences between the Yachting Australia Special Regulations, which apply to boats that intend to race, and the Directive, which applies to recreational use only.

Some common areas of differences and non compliance are;
· Lifelines with moulded PVC covering and smaller wire diameter or spaces between stanchion posts exceeding 2.20 metres, neither of which are acceptable under Yachting Australia Special Regulations,
· Forward exit hatches with an overall area less than specified by the Directive, which may invalidate the Directive Compliance Plate.

An interesting web site with the essentials covered by the Directive is at www.yacht-ce-marking.com/index.php/en/ce-requiements.

Prospective buyers of imported yachts, whether new or second hand, should ensure that if they intend to race the yacht offshore, that they have made themselves aware of the requirements under Yachting Special Regulations and sought advice from the club where they will be racing.

In addition the prospective purchaser should ensure that the intention to race offshore is clearly expressed, and even consider stipulating that compliance with Yachting Australia Special Regulations are conditions of the Contract of Sale.

By following this method owners will have a measure of protection if the boat is rejected for ocean racing following a safety equipment inspection by a club.

For more information contact Glen Stanaway, glen.stanaway(at)yachting.org.au.
Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted on 25 Aug
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted on 25 Aug
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug
Drama Queen - Goransson wins Melges 32 National Championship
Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship - After a weekend of challenging, moderate conditions in Newport, RI, Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Capping a weekend full of tight racing with lead changes around the track, it was fitting that the final race had three teams fighting for the regatta win
Posted on 22 Aug