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About Steve 210859

  • Birthday 08/21/1959

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    Oxfordshire Canal
  • Interests
    My NarrowBoat, Golf, Socialising, Charity Work,
  • Occupation
    Consultant Engineer - NWR
  • Boat Name
  • Boat Location
    Oxfordshire Ring

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  1. Hi If you have your vessel built and do not have RCD certification, you will need a BSS Examination Certificate in order to obtain a license and will have to complete an RCD Annex A form stipulating that you will not sell the vessel for a minimum of 5 years from 1st use. A copy of this form will need to be given to the BSS examiner for his records. As for engines, if you are not opting for traditional vintage diesels then BMC are simple and reliable, whilst 'Kubota' derived Japanese engines are easy to maintain, compact for the power output ratio and smooth. Don't forget to consider your choice of Gearbox and match the Prop size and type to the engine/gearbox set up. Hope this helps Steve Williams BSS Examiner PIN614 www.iwabss-limited.co.uk
  2. Hi Sorry to hear of your woes. If you send me your email address by text to 07184530679 (my number) I will email you a link to the BMC 1500 Diesel Operators Manual PDF if that will help. It is possible to bleed at each injector pipe union if you know what youre at and can set your engine position during the process. Steve Williams BSS Examiner PIN 614 www.iwabss-limited.co.uk
  3. Getting well enough to get back on my Boat

  4. Website for IWABSS Limited, Steve Williams BSS Examiner. Also chandlery and services for the Inland Waterways user. Website: www.iwabss-limited.co.uk Mobile: m.iwabss-limited.co.uk Telephone 07814 530679 BSS Examinations from £125.00
  5. Hi The Solar Panel is at a good price for 240W. But don't forget to consider the size and cost of the controller required. You will need an MPPT charge controller in the circuit and of course the cable size matters too. With these panels you will need to allow for small airflow under the panel, they are far more efficient when cooler. I have 4 such panels and a Rutland 910 on my boat and I never have to run my engine for anything except to move. Great way of saving evermore expensive diesel. Regards Steve Williams BSS Examiner PIN614 www.iwabss-limited.co.uk
  6. Hi Mike, I'm hoping to grow into it . We seem to be regarded as villains of the boating world. Perhaps because of peoples bad experiences? I like to think that I am there to help, and being a long standing boater myself, I also like to think I am 'understanding'. Doing BSS Exams is my retirement plan, and its working. I will never be rich, but I will always be meeting new people and hopefully making new friends. Always happy to help. Never one to screw my clients and Advice is most certainly ALWAYS FREE! Happy boating Regards Steve Williams BSS Examiner PIN614 Iwabss-limited.co.uk
  7. Hi, Steve Williams here again. Sorry i thought i was clear in my reply earlier. What I said was:- Also, ANY Alterations to your vessel MAY HAVE the ability to INVALIDATE your BSS Certificate and thereby could affect your insurance. Emphasis on the ANY. Mike is correct, alterations to the ventilation will not invalidate the BSS Certificate for the vessel. Unless of course you rent your vessel out, in which case Ventilation requirements are MANDATED in the 2002 ECPs for hire craft and minimum levels must be met. Alterations to any or all of the vessel's other systems MAY HAVE the ability to INVALIDATE your BSS Certificate and thereby could affect your insurance. Hope this clarifies my earlier post. Regards Steve Williams BSS Examiner PIN614 Iwabss-limited.co.uk
  8. Hi My name is Steve Williams and I am a qualified BSS Examiner. I would like to correct a few points made in error above. Firstly, The changes implement in 2013 were the ONLY changes to be mandated since 2005 and are applicable to PRIVATE vessels only. Secondly, The requirement at 2.15.2 of the 2013 ECPs asks the examiner to check : Are the structures and surfaces surrounding exhaust system components free of signs of heat damage? and gives Advice to owners – ‘Dry’ exhaust systems, or those parts of ‘wet’ exhaust systems not cooled by water, located in ‘walk through’ engine spaces or cabins/deck spaces or other areas where normal crew movement about the vessel can be anticipated, should be effectively lagged, shielded or otherwise protected by craft structures. It is therefore no longer a requirement that the exhaust systems be fully lagged. However in the interests of safety any boat owner would make every effort to avoid any potential issues. Thirdly, There are areas within the new 2013 ECPs that remain from the superseded 2005 ECPs surrounding flame supervision on LPG appliances that are original appliances dating more than 20yrs old. I would (of course I am biased) like to point out that the most fundamental reason for vessels complying with a BSS Examination is so that we can at least demonstrate that we are conscious of ALL waterways users and aware that in the unfortunate situation of a 'dangerous boat' being on the waterways, then steps are taken to protect ALL from its dangers. An explosion or fire on board a boat that could have been avoided is a blight on the boating community. An explosion or fire on board a boat that causes injury or death to others or damage to other peoples property is something that we should all strive to avoid. Regrads Steve Williams
  9. Hi My name is Steve Williams and I am a qualified BSS Examiner and an Electrical Engineer. Having read through your problem and replies, I may have a few pointers for you to check and try. I suspect you have a poor engine earth that may be breaking down with heat AND a wiring error in your charging circuit. Firstly, In the interests of Safety:- Isolate ALL of your batteries from any other items of equipment (Including links to another battery). If you can make a test lamp (or use a car headlamp) with a fairly high wattage bulb (12V x 55w or more) connect it to each of the batteries in turn and leave connected for 60 minutes or so (if your battery is good, then the test lamp will stay bright). If the light fails to light up or goes out after a few minutes then the battery is flat, will require charging fully and then a high resistance drop test to determine if the battery needs to be replaced. Secondly, disconnect the thick cable from your alternator and make up a new one long enough to reach back to the batteries. Then (when you have your starter back) connect one of the batteries to the engine start cables and connect the other end of your new alternator lead directly to the +ve of the battery you are using to start the engine. There should NOT be any load taken from the alternator if the diode pack is ok. Finally, Check that the engine return cable is connected directly to the Negative post of the start battery, that the connections are clean and TIGHT with no evidence of burnt insulation. Now, start the engine. when the engine is running, put a battery Volt Meter across the battery you have used to start the engine, you should get about 13.7 to 14.5 volts. Once you have done this and all is ok, come back to me at the address below or ring me on 07814530679. By the way, how old are your batteries? And it is possible that the starter solenoid on the starter motor stayed engaged when it failed, which would cause the motor to continuously draw current from the batteries. The RCR engineer will identify this if it is the case. Hope this helps. Best of luck Steve Williams BSS Examiner PIN614 www.iwabss-limited.co.uk
  10. Hi My name is Steve Williams, I am a BSS examiner. You say that you had an examiner tell you that the LPG pressure is correct, do you know what pressure you had? There is a specific flame pattern that a BSS examiner will look for on an appliance 'flame pattern test' and this will determine not only whether or not your vessel passes a BSS examination, but also whether the examiner needs to issue a warning notice and dangerous appliance labels are applied. Although you issue doesn't sound too serious I would advise that you have a Gas Safe engineer look at the appliance on your behalf. Best of luck with your issue. Steve Williams BSS Examiner PIN614 iwabss-limited.co.uk
  11. Hi My Name is Steve Williams, I am a Boat Safety Scheme examiner, currently registered and authorised to undertake BSS Certification on Private vessels on the inland waterways. I would like to point that that where you have Gas, Diesel or Solid Fuel appliances on your vessel it is always a mandatory requirement that a BSS examiner calculate the minimum level of fixed ventilation available in the upper and lower segments of your vessel (i.e. above and below Gunwales). This calculation is then compared to the total ventilation requirements of your on board appliances. Naturally as BSS examiners and for your own safety you should have more fixed ventilation available in the vessel than is required for your appliances. However, not having sufficient fixed ventilation available will not affect the status of your vessel in regards to meeting, or not meeting the requirements of the BSS examination. This is because calculations of fixed ventilation are 'Advisory' and do not affect whether the examiner will pass or fail your vessel. In the case of insufficient fixed ventilation in your vessel then the examiner will issue you a warning notice stating such, but your vessel will pass the Examination. I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THATA VENTILATION CALCULATION FOR YOUR VESSEL BE UNDERTAKEN BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY ALTERATIONS TO THE VESSEL. Also, ANY Alterations to your vessel MAY HAVE the ability to INVALIDATE your BSS Certificate and thereby could affect your insurance. Please be careful. Regards Steve Williams BSS Examiner PIN614 iwabss-limited.co.uk
  12. Hi My name is Steve Williams, I am a registered Boat Safety Scheme Examiner and a qualified Electrical Engineer. I would like to help you out but unfortunately I am recovering from an operation. However, I am willing to help with advice and perhaps point you in the right direction. I would certainly recommend that whoever you employ assures you that he/she is fully aware of the 2013 Boat Safety Scheme ECPs with regard to cable sizing and fuse requirements, particularly important for your safety and ensuring you do not invalidate your insurance on your vessel. If I can be of help, feel free to call me on 07814 530679 or email me on iwabss1@btinternet.com. Good luck with your repairs, never be afraid to ask, advice is always free. By the way, if you want to email a brief list of your problems with a photo of your engine, I will try to compile a list of helpful do's and dont's for you. Regards Steve Williams BSS Examiner PIN 614
  13. Hi all My woes started last Tuesday when my injector pump started leaking rather dramatically and my boat wouldn't idle (69' Trad - not that it makes much odds). So after spending most of Friday head down - Bum up in the engine bay, off I trolls to Calcutt Boats for an exchange unit. Now I am no newby to engines, but can I get the damn thing to run? I think not!!!! If there are any narrwboat engineers out there near rugby would like a challenge, then drop me a reply and we can do a deal! Regards Steve
  14. Hi Dave, I noted that you trawl the web looking for your ideal boat, have you looked at appolloduck.co.uk? They list hundreds and you can search by budget. Sorry if you already know this.RegardsSteve
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