Preparing your boatRegular maintenance to keep your boat safe and complying with the legal obligations when it is on the water should ensure a first-time pass. However, preparing your boat before its examination will pay off. Apart from checking to see that installations, components and fittings comply with the requirements before the examiner arrives, there are several things you can do to make the whole process run smoothly. All required items must be capable of being checked effectively and accurately. If not, the examination will be considered to be incomplete. An examiner cannot issue a certificate on an incomplete examination, so here are a few points to keep in mind.
- Ensure that all the boat's installations and appliances are fully functional so that a complete examination can take place.
- This includes having a fully charged battery and sufficient gas and water, together with any other documentation that shows compliance with the BSS General Requirements.
- If the good condition or suitability of any item cannot be verified where this is a requirement, a certificate cannot be issued.
- Ensure full access to all gas joints and as much pipework as possible for a thorough examination.
- Items such as gas lockers should be unlocked, and boards and panels removed to give access where verification is necessary.
- Notify any relevant landowners who may have to give access to the examiner so that he can get to your boat's mooring.
- Have the existing certificate to hand. This will help the examiner with information about the boat that he or she must record, such as when it was constructed, and with the confirmation of the expiry date of your current certificate.
Additional advice on preparation after 1 January 2013:
In addition to the advice on the page called Preparing for examination, we have the additional advice arising from the changes introduced in January 2013:
LPG cylinder lockers - boat owners must ensure the BSS Examiner can carry out careful checking of the LPG cylinder locker for condition, including the removal of all loose portable items, base protection mats, removable false floors and the temporary removal of connected LPG cylinders.
Discuss your LPG cylinder locker arrangements with your examiner in advance of the examination as this may require your attendance or you to make prior arrangements involving service agents.
LPG lockers not accessible enough to allow an assessment of condition will involve the BSS Examiner having to return to carry out the check with the obstruction removed.
Where a boat uses A.C. shore-power and other a.c. power sources, the following notes on connection leads should be taken into account -
- If practicable and safe to do so, boat owners should disconnect shore-power, battery charging, and other power sources in readiness for the BSS examination;
- Boat owners should make available the shore-power, battery charging or other power source leads for examination of type and condition.
- Information about the location of the a.c. consumer unit should be made known to the examiner in advance of the BSS examination.
All of the Examiner Checking Procedures (ECP's) can be found on the Boat Safety Scheme website - www.boatsafetyscheme.org/boat-examination/private-boats