Welcome to the online Regulatory Reference Guide (RRG). It offers you the opportunity to search, sort and consult the rules impacting the recreational marine. The ICOMIA Secretariat invites all MIAs to check and update their sections frequently. We are sure that you will appreciate this very informative tool.

Please note: Currently, due to our recent website transition, the RRG is can not be edited by our members. MIAs will be informed as soon as it is possible to make updates. Before then, if you would like to update your country’s section, you can email your changes to

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Updated date Country Criteria
September 12, 2011 Germany Taxation

VAT on new boats (and all other products) 19% in force since 1 Jan 2007. Sales between private persons on used boats are VAT-free. If a dealer is involved the difference between purchase and selling price has to be charged at 19% VAT.

September 12, 2011 Germany Safety Equipment

No regulations for private boats. For Charterboats safety equipment is mandatory according the SeesportbootVO or the SportbootVVO-Binnen

September 12, 2011 Germany Product Liability

All EU states apply Directive 1999/44/EC

September 12, 2011 Germany Operating Limits

Local restrictions in force. Speed limit of 12 km/hr on canals. Restrictions for personal watercraft in force (May 95).

February 10, 2010 Denmark Construction Standards and Certification


November 25, 2009 Spain Taxation

VAT 16% of the price on all boats and goods. If the boat purchased is pre-owned, this percentage is not applicable. Instead, a 4 % of the paid price will have to be paid for Property Transfer Tax. More than 8m in length pay the 12% at registration plus VAT. Exemption for boats under 15 meters in length and which are dedicated to charter exclusively, rowboats, or classified as Olympic sailing boats.

November 25, 2009 Spain Safety Equipment

Special zones depending on the security equipment on board.

November 25, 2009 Spain Operating Limits

Operating limits depending on the license to sail. Speed limits in force (usually 3 knots) on inland waters and in harbours. Speed limits and restricted navigation where beach traffic exists (within 300 m from coast).

November 25, 2009 Spain Registration

Registration is compulsory in order to obtain a Spanish flag. All sea-going craft greater than 2,5 m in length need to be registered

November 25, 2009 Spain Drivers Licences

There are 4 different navigation licenses, depending on the length of the boat and the intended range of sailing offshore: Capit?n de Yate: Allows navigation with no length or distance limit; Patr?n de Yate: Maximum distance-60 miles. Length up to 20 mts. P.E.R.: Maximum distance - 12 mls, Maximum length - 12 m; Navegaci?n B?sica: Maximum distance - 5 mls.; Maximum length (sail) - 8 m; Maximum length (motor) - 7.5 m; No driver licences required under 5 mts. Length (sail) or 4 mts. and 11,03 KW (motor). Delimited distances by the local authority and only with sun light. From March 2002 the PWC need any of the licences described or a special brand-new one. Foreigners sailing with Spanish flag, can do so with equivalent license in their country.