94/25/EC was the reference of the original RCD which became optional in June 1996 and mandatory on 16 June 1998.
2003/44/EC was the reference to the update of the original RCD which became mandatory on 1 January 2006.
2013/53/EU is the new RCD (often called RCD II) that replaces the previous directive and its amendment. It becomes mandatory on 18th January 2017.
The following craft are within the scope of the European Recreational Craft Directive (RCD):
In addition to craft, the following products (if prefabricated), fitted on European recreational craft, are also within the scope:
Ignition-protected equipment for inboard and stern drive petrol engines and petrol tank spaces;
European based vessels or components within the scope of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) must have a CE marking and conform to the directive. Some of the above components do not need CE marks if fabricated with the boat.
Contact CEproof for details.
There are certain types of vessel excluded from the European RCD, including:
experimental watercraft, provided that they are not placed on the Union market;
New or second-hand vessels that were built/put into service/put on the market within the EEA before 16th June 1998 are excluded. Note that second-hand vessels will have to comply if imported to the EEA after these dates, even if they were built before 1998.