Preparing your boat before its examination, and being mindful of BSS requirements, will go a long way to ensure a successful outcome. It is recommended that you review the points below as a starting point, or visit the BSS website and review the Examination Checking Procedure (ECP's) for detailed
Preparing your boat for the BSS examination couldn’t be simpler - here are a few tips:
- Ensure that all the boat's installations, systems and appliances are fully functional so that a complete examination can take
place. For example, ensure you have charged batteries, and plenty of LPG and water to enable a water heater spill test which will require the water heater to run for
- Check that you have your last certificate and any documentation which supports the compliance of any installed equipment on the day of the
- Check that your fuel system conforms to the required standard. For example, fuel hoses comply to BS EN ISO 7840 or equivalent
- Check that your cabin/engine batteries are secure, that the terminals are covered/protected and the master switch is accessible and
- Check that you have sufficient battery capacity, gas and water onboard - the examination process requires access to all installed appliances for
- Check you have the correct fire fighting equipment - fire blankets and extinguishers of the approved type and that they are in good
- Check that your LPG cylinders are stored in an appropriate, secure, and well ventilated place and that there are signs in place to locate the
- Check that access is available to all pipework, fuel hoses, flues, appliances, engine bays, and wiring installations. Make spaces easy to inspect and
remove any covers or enclosures
Please note that the BSS is constantly revising and
refining the Examination Checking Procedure (ECPs) to ensure that they are current and up to date. BSS Examinations are required every four years. Sometimes the ECPs are refined in this period to
reflect or align to industry standards.
The most common failure points are items such as: incorrect
fuel hoses, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of appliance isolation taps, insecure or unprotected batteries.
You can get further information from the boatsafetyscheme.org website.