Regulations and Technical Services
Working on behalf of members
Our Regulations and Technical Services group – RATS - works on behalf of members to advise and campaign on subjects affecting cruising.
This group advises and campaigns on matters affecting those cruising in small boats – sail or power, offshore, inshore or inland.
Their research and knowledge of technical and regulatory subjects is unique and they liaise with harbour authorities, local and national government, and international bodies on behalf of members.
They keep us up-to-date with the latest development on issues like red diesel, taxes, fishing gear marking, regulations and visas.
One special area of concern is Brexit and its effect on the cruising sailor. The situation is currently uncertain and unsettled, but we’re staying as close as possible to developments and will inform members and the wider cruising community as soon as things becomes clear. Rest assured we are doing what we can – in difficult circumstances – to impress on government the special situation of the cruising sailor. In the meantime, , RATS has compiled a wealth of information on the implications of Brexit on cruisers, including implications of the Schengen 90 in 180 days. We also have a members-only Brexit forum where there’s active discussion on a variety of concerns.
Cruising boats these days are equipped with lots of kit to make life aboard safer, more comfortable and more self-sufficient. How does this equipment work and how do you maintain it? Gas bottles vary throughout the world - so do requirements for holding tanks. How do you know what you’ll need where? Never fear, RATS are here! With their extensive experience and knowledge, RATS stays up-to-date, their members write regular technical articles for Cruising magazine and keep our members current on a vast range of topics.