In the guide

This guidance is for England, Scotland & Wales

A recreational craft is any boat, of any type, regardless of its means of propulsion; its hull must be no less than 2.5 m and no more than 24 m, and it must be intended for sports and leisure purposes.

As a manufacturer, importer or distributor of recreational craft there are certain obligations you must fulfil before you place the recreational craft, personal water craft (such as jet skis) or propulsion engine on the market. A recreational craft must meet all the essential requirements of the Recreational Craft Regulations 2017 when it is placed on the market.

Office for Product Safety & Standards guidance

The Office for Product Safety and Standards - which is part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - has produced guidance on the Regulations, which can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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Penalties

Failure to comply with trading standards law can lead to enforcement action and to sanctions, which may include a fine and/or imprisonment. For more information please see 'Trading standards: powers, enforcement & penalties'.

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Key legislation

Recreational Craft Regulations 2017

 

Last reviewed / updated: February 2018

Please note

This information is intended for guidance; only the courts can give an authoritative interpretation of the law.

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