Let’s start with an assumption: until the day after publication in the Official Gazette, nothing is valid, and as of now there is nothing in the Gazette. But let’s go in order.
About a month ago, an initial bill proposed that mandatory boat licensing for boats with“two-stroke fuel-injected engines over 750cc” would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
In a nutshell, owners of this type of engine ( in reality only the E-Tec 40) would have been able to sail in peace until January 1, 2021.
Instead, a few days ago: “Article 1(1) provides for the postponement to Jan. 1, 2020, of the deadline for the application of the provision in the Recreational Boating Code requiring a boating license for the operation of units having engines with a displacement of more than 750 cc with two-stroke fuel injection.”
Thus, owners of this type of engine (private and non-private), should the proposal go into effect, will only enjoy six months of tranquility, a summer respite that solves almost nothing in the medium to long term.
We repeat, however, that until the day after publication in the Official Gazette, nothing is valid, and as of now nothing has been published in the Gazette yet.
The boating license requirement: for whom does it remain?
On the other hand, the requirement for a boat license remains for the other cases covered by paragraph (b) of Article 39 of the Code:
- Engines larger than 750 cc if carbureted;
- 1,000 cc engines if carbureted or fuel-injected four-stroke outboard;
- engines to 1,300 cc if carbureted or fuel-injected four-stroke within board,
- 2,000-cc engines if non-supercharged diesel cycle, or 1,300-cc engines if supercharged diesel cycle, however, with a power output of more than 30 kW or 40.8 hp.
As for penalties in the case of driving without a boating license (not obtained, revoked or not validated for lack of requirements, suspended or withdrawn, is subject to the administrative penalty of paying a sum of 2755 euros to 11017 euros. The penalty is doubled in the case of commanding or conducting a recreational vessel.”