Technical Matters

Decisions made by the European Union and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) have the potential to impact on the recreational boater. The EBA represents the interests of the recreational boater, wherever possible to ensure developments improve


Current / Future EBA Issues

  • RCD
  • ISO
  • Inflatable boats
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Liferafts
  • Stability
  • Sound emissions
  • ADCO
  • Technical requirements for inland waterways vessels


Questions Actuelles et Futures D'EBA

  • RCD
  • ISO
  • Bateaux pneumatiques
  • Equipement personnel de sécurité
  • Radeaux de sauvetage
  • Stabilité
  • Emissions sonores
  • ADCO
  • Conditions techniques pour bateaux de voies navigables


Aktuelle / Zukünftige EBA Themen

  • RCD
  • ISO
  • Schlauchboote
  • Persönliche Sicherheitsausrüstung
  • Rettungsinseln
  • Stabilität
  • Schallemissionen
  • ADCO
  • Technische Anforderungen an Binnenschiffe


Asuntos actuales y futuros de EBA

  • RCD
  • ISO
  • Embarcaciones hinchables
  • Equipos de seguridad personal
  • Balsas salvavidas
  • Estabilidad
  • Emisiones sonoras
  • ADCO
  • Especificaciones técnicas para embarcaciones de aguas interiores

Recreational Craft Directive (RCD)

The Recreational Craft Directive regulates pleasure craft built and used with the European Economic Area (EEA). It applies to all recreational craft between 2.5 and 24 metres in hull length whatever the means of propulsion. Most craft built since 16 June 1998 intended for sport & leisure must meet essential safety requirements if they are to be placed on the EEA market or put into service within the EEA. Further information about the RCD is available on the RCD page of this web-site.


International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

"ISO standards are developed by technical committees, (subcommittees or project committees) comprising experts from the industrial, technical and business sectors which have asked for the standards, and which subsequently put them to use." (source


The EBA has contributed to the development of ISO standards in TC188 and TC188/SC1 and TC228. 


TC188 is the ISO technical committee for Small Craft.

The objective of TC 188 is to develop standards for equipment and construction details of recreational craft, and other small craft using similar equipment, up to 24 m length of hull. Lifeboats and lifesaving equipment covered by ISO/TC 8 are excluded.


Within the objective is the on going revision of a set of approximately 60 standards which were developed to support the Recreational Craft Directive.

ISO/TC 188 "Small craft"has a number of working parties and a sub-committee looking at issues of interest to recreational boaters throughout Europe including:

The EBA actively participates in the work of the and sub committee and many of these working groups. It is entitled to attend any of them, to ensure that the output - the resulting standards - are in the interests of the recreational boater - one of the end users.


The EBA has contributed to the work of ISO TC WG3, WG9, WG12, WG16, WG19 and WG29. In the coming year the EBA will continue to prove strong support to ISO TC 188 in the development of standards and in particular those that support conformity with the RCD.

End-user article on Sea Cocks published by the UK EBA member RYA