Small Craft Group
BMF Technical Reports
BMF Technical Reports cover developments in the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD), Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), as well as related activities of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the UK Health & Safety Executive.
BMT Technical Reports are only available to members.
Small Craft Group Medal
The Small Craft Group Medal is awarded annually to an individual or organisation in recognition of outstanding services to, or excellence in, the world of small craft.
Nominations for the 2016 Medal should be forwarded to the Chief Executive at
The Small Craft Group Forum provides an opportunity for all members to update other members on developments in the small craft sector, and to raise and discuss technical matters relating to commercial and recreational small craft.
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The IPV Code is split into two parts; 1) Use at sea for business purposes, and 2) Use at sea as a race support boat. In each part there are requirements for owners and requirements for operators. For Part 1, Operators are the people using the boat for their business, which are manufacturers, brokers, repairers, surveyors and in some cases owners can also be operators too. For Part 2 the Operator is the person using the Race Support Boat.
Part 1 of The IPV Code allows for Intended Pleasure Vessels (boats which are normally Pleasure Vessels) to be in temporary commercial use at sea on a single-voyage basis for business purposes relating to repair, post-production, post-repair or mid-survey sea trials, customer sea trials, or vessel delivery outside the definition of Pleasure Vessel. It is applicable to Intended Pleasure Vessels of any size which are United Kingdom vessels wherever they may be. It also applies to other Intended Pleasure Vessels operating from United Kingdom ports whilst in United Kingdom waters.
Part 2 of the IPV Code allows for Intended Pleasure Vessels to be in temporary commercial use at sea on a single-voyage basis as a Race Support Boat for the purpose of Race Support Activities of yacht or powerboat racing affiliated to the National Governing Body of the Sport. It provides a standard for small (<8m) Intended Pleasure Vessels used for no more than ten occasions per calendar year as a Race Support Boat outside the definition of Pleasure Vessel either by the Owner or persons authorised by the Owner to do so. It is aimed at open boats such as Rigid Inflatables but does not prohibit use for small (<8m) decked vessels. Operators of Race Support Boats are advised that other Codes of Practice may be more appropriate for decked vessels.
Nominations for the 2016 Medal should be forwarded to the Chief Executive at email@example.com, to arrive by 31 Jan 2017