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Are you involved in boat sales? Are you up to date with the recrecational craft directive (RCD)? The British Marine Federation is to run a newly updated course, which includes all the latest information on requirements for the Recreational Craft Directive at it Surrey premises.

The Course is relevant to: All those with responsibility for the design and construction of recreational craft, for example: directors, managers, designers, consultants and surveyors;

It is also useful to all those involved in boat building who are responsible for the supply of equipment to any new boat, including engine suppliers; DIY builders who wish to CE Mark their own boats and the importers of agents for boats built outside the UK.

More from the BMF here

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Marine Notice No. 64 of 2013

This Marine Notice supersedes Marine Notice No. 45 of 2011


Notice to all Manufacturers, Authorised Representatives, Importers, Distributors and Private Importers involved in placing on the market and/or putting into service Recreational Craft and Personal Watercraft


Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) –

Manufacturer’s Identification Code (MIC) Register &

Notified Body Code (NBC) Register







  1. This Marine Notice is primarily addressed to Manufacturers, Authorised Representatives, Importers, Distributors and Private Importers involved in placing on the Union market, and/or putting into service, Recreational Craft and Personal Watercraft.


The purpose of this Marine Notice is:


  1. to draw attention to the requirements for the marking of recreational craft and personal watercraft in relation to a Manufacturer’s Identification Code (MIC) or Notified Body Code (NBC) and Craft Identification Number (CIN);


  1. to request manufacturers of recreational craft and personal watercraft established in Ireland to register their unique MIC with the Irish Maritime Administration of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2.



  1. Craft Identification Number (CIN):

A Manufacturer’s Identification Code (MIC) makes up part of the Craft Identification Number (CIN).


Every recreational craft and personal watercraft must be permanently marked with a unique Craft Identification Number, known as a CIN. The CIN is assigned by the manufacturer of, or the private importer, of a recreational craft or personal watercraft. The CIN consists of the following information:-


- Country code of the manufacturer;

- The unique Manufacturer’s Identification Code (MIC), or the unique Notified Body Code (NBC) with Post-Construction Assessment (PCA);

- Unique serial number;

- Month and year of manufacture;

- Model year.


The CIN for each craft should be marked in two positions:

  1. craft exterior: top of transom, starboard side; and

  2. craft interior: in a position that is not visible.



Example of a Craft Identification Number (CIN): “IE-ABC12345D301”



Code of the Country of the manufacturer , e.g. Ireland=IE

ABC/234 i

The unique Manufacturer’s Identification Code (MIC), or

the unique Notified Body Code (NBC) with PCA

12345 ii

Unique Serial Number (assigned by the manufacturer, or a national authority or recognised organisation)


Month of Manufacture , i.e. A= January, B= February, etc.


Year of Manufacture (2003) , i.e. Last numeral of the production year.


Model year (2001) , i.e. twelve-month period during which the craft is intended to be placed for the first time on the market.

i May consist of numerals and/or letters, except for the numerals 0 and 1.

ii May consist of numerals and/or letters, except for the letters I, O and Q.


  1. Manufacturer’s Identification Code (MIC):

After the country code “IE”, the next three characters of the CIN are the Manufacturer’s Identification Code (MIC). Every manufacturer, established in Ireland, of recreational craft and personal watercraft should agree a unique Irish MIC with the Maritime Safety Policy Division ( Irish Maritime Administration) of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, with whom the MICs are registered.


  • An Irish Manufacturer should not use a proposed MIC until the Irish Maritime Administration has acknowledged Registration.


  1. Member State MIC Registers of Manufacturers established in EU, EEA and EFTA Member States:

Each Member State should maintain a register of MICs for any manufacturers established in that Member State. Some Member States maintain MIC Registers on-line.


  • Ireland’s MIC Register will shortly be available on-line.


  1. European Commission MIC Register of Manufacturers established in Third Countries:

A manufacturer established in a third country or the manufacturer’s authorised representative, who intends for the first time to place recreational craft and/or personal watercraft on the Union market, should request the Member State into which craft are first being imported, to assign a unique MIC to the manufacturer that the Member State registers with the European Commission.

An authorised representative means any natural or legal person established within the Union who has received a written mandate from the manufacturer to act on their behalf in relation to specified tasks.


  • The European Commission maintains the MIC Register for third country manufacturers.


  1. European Commission NBC Register of Notified Bodies authorised to carry out Post-Construction Assessments (PCA):

A Notified Body (a body appointed by a Member State to carry out conformity assessment procedures) authorised for conformity module Post-Construction Assessment (PCA) will be assigned a unique Notified Body Code (NBC) by that Member State’s national notifying authority, and the NBC registered with the European Commission.


  • The European Commission maintains the NBC Register for Notified Bodies.


  1. Craft Identification Number (CIN) with Post-Construction Conformity Assessment (PCA):

Any recreational craft imported into Ireland from a third country by a private importer must comply with the 1998 and 2004 Recreational Craft Regulations (see paragraph 8 below).


A private importer means any natural or legal person established within the Union who imports, in the course of a non-commercial activity, a recreational craft from a third country into the Union with the intention of putting it into service for his/her own use. In the case of post-construction assessment for the recreational craft, if neither the manufacturer nor their authorised representative established within the Union fulfils the responsibilities for the recreational craft's conformity to the Directive, these can be assumed by the private importer who intends putting into service the recreational craft, under his/her own responsibility.


In such a case, the private importer, who intends putting into service the recreational craft, must lodge an application for a post-construction report with a notified body, and provide the notified body with any available document and technical file referring to the first placing on the market of the recreational craft in the country of origin. The notified body must examine the individual recreational craft, and carry out calculations and other assessments to ensure its equivalent conformity with the relevant requirements of Annex I of the Directive. The Notified Body will draw up a Report of Conformity concerning the assessment carried out, and must inform the private importer of his/her obligations.


The private importer, who has similar responsibilities to those of a manufacturer, may then mark the recreational craft with the CE mark and CIN, and display a builder’s plate marked “Post-Construction Certificate”.


  1. Background to the requirement to register a MIC and associated Regulations:

The Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC was given effect in Irish law by the European Communities (Recreational Craft) Regulations 1998 [Statutory Instrument No. 40 of 1998]. The Directive was amended in 2003 by Directive 2003/44/EC, which was given effect in Irish law by the European Communities (Recreational Craft) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 [Statutory Instrument No. 422 of 2004].


The 1998 Regulations apply from 16 th June 1998 to recreational craft, partly completed boats and components. The 2004 Regulations apply from 1 st January 2005, and they extend the law to include personal watercraft and to provide harmonised provisions for exhaust emissions and noise emissions.


The Regulations lay down requirements for the design and construction of recreational craft and partly completed recreational craft, personal watercraft, components, propulsion engines, including those subject to major engine modifications, and recreational craft, including those subject to major craft conversion. These products must meet the essential safety, health, environmental protection and consumer protection requirements.


Manufacturers, authorised representatives, importers, distributors and private importers may not place on the market, or put into service any of the above products that do not comply with the Regulations.


Within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Irish Maritime Administration is the Regulatory Authority charged with implementation, market surveillance, and enforcement of the Regulations.


Marine Notice No. 45 of 2011 is hereby withdrawn.



Irish Maritime Administration,

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport,

Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, Ireland.



For any technical assistance in relation to this Marine Notice, please contact:

The Marine Survey Office, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, tel: +353-(0)1-678 3400.

For general enquiries, please contact the Maritime Safety Policy Division, tel: +353-(0)1-678 3418.

Written enquiries concerning Marine Notices should be addressed to:

Irish Maritime Administration, Dept. of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, Ireland.

email: [email protected] or visit us at:


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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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