New guidelines for the safety and compliance of pleasure craft

The new RSG 2024 (Recreational Craft Sectoral Group Guidelines) have been published, introducing new criteria for compliance with Directive 2013/53/EU on recreational craft.

What’s New? Updates in RSG 2024

The RSG Guidelines include:

  • Expanded details on design and construction requirements for boat safety;
  • Procedures for compliance assessment, with increased focus on risk analysis;
  • Enhanced attention to emerging technologies introduced to the market.

Why new guidelines?

The RSG Guidelines have been developed to:

  1. Enhance the safety of recreational craft and reduce the number of incidents;
  2. Ensure a more consistent level of compliance across Europe;
  3. Promote innovation in the boating industry.

What does it mean for boat builders?

Boat builders will need to:

  • Ensure that their boats comply with the new guidelines;
  • Apply conformity assessment procedures as indicated;
  • Provide more comprehensive information to boat owners about safety requirements.

What does it mean for boat owners?

Boat owners will be able to:

  • Ensure that their boats comply with the guidelines;
  • Assess whether the solutions installed or the modifications they are considering are compliant;
  • Be aware of the risks associated with navigation and take appropriate precautions.

Where can I find the new guidelines?

The RSG Guidelines 2024 can be downloaded from the website of the European Commission or by clicking directly HERE.

The guidelines represent a significant step forward for the safety of recreational boats. Their implementation will therefore contribute to reducing the number of incidents at sea and to making navigation a safer experience for everyone. Furthermore, it can ensure the conformity of boats and components designed, manufactured, and placed on the market in accordance with the indications provided.