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TOPIC: Boat Safety Certificate

Boat Safety Certificate 22 May 2018 19:26 #98892

Sarah, BSS draws a distinction between Private and non-private craft. Private is for leisure and pleasure use. Non-private include hire boats, commercial, and when a business is being run from (ie a craft shop, café etc). From what you say your craft is Non-Private.

The other distinction BSS makes is Residential, which you say you are.

You are therefore a private, residential craft.

If you have gas on board, then any BSS examiner can examine your boat as long as you have a bubble tester fitted to the lpg system. If you don't then the BSS examiner must either be GasSafe registered, or can witness a GasSafe engineer do the gas tightness test, and then carry on with the rest of the examination.

If you really want a BSS examination in France, I think the only way would be to get a BSS examiner to travel to France and do the examination.

I hope that clarifies the BSS requirements. How do I know? - I'm a BSS examiner (but all the info here is on the BSS website as well)

Tim
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Boat Safety Certificate 20 May 2018 10:05 #98824

Betty, why bother? We just waited till we brought our boat back to England, by which time our previous certificate had expired - but that was not a problem for cruising in France, nor in getting a new certificate once we got back.

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Boat Safety Certificate 17 May 2018 19:32 #98729

As we are on the subject; Does anyone know how to get a boat safety certificate if one's barge is in France, registered in Uk and I am a UK resident?

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Boat Safety Certificate 17 May 2018 18:50 #98727

We have a bubble tester but it did not indicate the leak that the Belgian inspector's sniffer device detected!

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Boat Safety Certificate 17 May 2018 10:13 #98705

Hello Sarah,

Some further research reveals, as Charles has said, that on a residential boat an installed bubble
tester is not sufficient proof of system integrity and the system has to be checked by a certified GasSafe technician
using a manometer.

Many, but not all, BSS Inspectors are GasSafe qualified.

See regulations here : www.boatsafetyscheme.org/boat-examination/boats-with-gas/residential,-liveaboard-craft-and-houseboats/

(We don’t have gas on board Neeltje so I missed this little nugget of regulation - sorry!)

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Andy Soper
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Boat Safety Certificate 17 May 2018 08:29 #98703

There is a difference on the gas regulations if you live aboard a private boat and only certain inspectors have the authorisation to carry out the particular gas test needed if you declare that you do live-aboard - was how it was recently explained to me. I simply confirmed that I was A private and not a residential boat and a regular inspector was able to conduct the inspection. As a precaution I got a gas safe engineer to do a pre-inspection and test! I understand that it is a slightly different equipment for measuring gas pressure and for possible leaks.

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Boat Safety Certificate 12 May 2018 17:21 #98586

Hello Sarah,

You only need a private boat certificate. Ask the examinet to explain his / her reasoning - or find another examiner.
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Coookham
0044 (0) 303 666 0636

You don't need a barge to join - a dream of boating in Europe will do'. See www.barges.org

Boat Safety Certificate 12 May 2018 17:12 #98584

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Hello,
We live on our Skûtsje at the top of the Thames, and we have been preparing for a boat safety certificate. When we rang to book an examiner he advised us that we would have to obtain a certificate for non-private boats. We do not have any commercial use with our boat, we simply just live in it as our main and only home, on a residential mooring.

Could anyone advise us if this is correct? We thought we would just need the private boat certificate that is renewed every four years.

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