CE Marking (Certification)
CE Certification is required for all recreational boats entering or being sold in the European Union. Manufacturers must test and document to ensure conformity to all applicable European directives and requirements. These four categories entail a description as to what requirements a ship must meet per fairway.
Category A, Ocean: covers largely self-sufficient boats designed for extended voyages with winds of over Beaufort Force 8 (over 40 knots), and significant wave heights above 13 feet, but excluding abnormal conditions such as hurricanes.
Category B, Offshore: includes boats operating offshore with winds to 40 knots and significant seas to 13 feet.
Category C, Inshore: is for boats operating in coastal waters and large bays and lakes with winds to Force 6, up to 27 knots, and significant seas 7 feet high.
Category D, Inland or sheltered coastal waters: designed for boats in small lakes and rivers with winds to Force 4 and significant wave heights to 18 inches.