Yes, swagman, the EU directives that we are discussing are aimed at large EU ships and at EU fishing
boats. The second directive is very clear about this.
Moreover, as barnakiel explained, EU directives are NOT law by themselves. To become law in a country, they have to be transposed into the legal
system of this country and this can take "some time".
Regarding possible future applicability to non-EU vessels, the two directives address different domains:
is an “administrative” requirement, in the same category as entry visas for foreigners. Then, it is conceivable that it becomes mandatory for all vessels, in the same way as it is for all cars.
2) AIS is a “material” requirement and the international rules are clear: such rules can only be enforced by the “Flag State”. I am not worried about AIS becoming mandatory for small European yachts in the near future. The French regulations
, which were among the strictest until 2004, are much lighter now.
Moondancer, the 'national sport' of French fishing
boats is not specially aimed at English
flagged sailboats. Even French flagged boats are not safe. The other day, I had to alter course to avoid a collision
in full daylight with a fishing boat at flank speed. Fishermen work hard and often use the autopilot
, with nobody in the wheelhouse.
Be aware that some fishermen still think that yachts shouldn’t exist and take active measures to fulfilling this.