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How long does a BSS examination normally take ?

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Just now, Nick D said:

Thanks. Are there any common pitfalls to look out for?

Just work through the list yourself before arranging the test. There is a downloadable checklist that covers all the points on the test and the guidance goes into much more detail so you know what they are looking for and why.

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51 minutes ago, Mac of Cygnet said:

Depends how well you know the examiner.  Guy Holden and I usually find a lot to chat about!  Also I don't have the solid fuel stove on, as he usually grabs it and gives it a good shake.

Are you saying the stove isn't secured properly?😀

And I think you'll find the Guy's  name is Holding

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5 minutes ago, TheBiscuits said:

Wasn't he the batsman in that famous cricket quote?

Willey might have been  at one time but he does BSS now

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8 minutes ago, billh said:

Willey might have been  at one time but he does BSS now

Be careful if he wants to check yer stern gland - it's not necessary for the BSS! ;)

 

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32 minutes ago, Nick D said:

My first one is due next year.  Where’s the best place to find out what they are looking at and how best to prepare?

Remember CO detection is a requirement now and wasn't considered 4 years ago.

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5 hours ago, Alan de Enfield said:

As per title :

 

When I bought the BSS handbook, what arrived was a loose leaf binder containing about 50 pages of tests and explanations. I reckon to do them all properly would take at least half a day. Most could be cruised through but there are just so many! And the odd one here and there will soak up 20 mins.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

 

When I bought the BSS handbook, what arrived was a loose leaf binder containing about 50 pages of tests and explanations. I reckon to do them all properly would take at least half a day. Most could be cruised through but there are just so many! And the odd one here and there will soak up 20 mins.

 

 

And, how long did your last BSS test actually take ?

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1 hour ago, ditchcrawler said:

Remember CO detection is a requirement now and wasn't considered 4 years ago.

We recently had ours BSS test. The inspector passed everything except the CO detectors. He checked both, and neither worked. Eventually he told me the batteries in both were flat. I told him they had been like that for 5 years. When he asked why, I told him it was the advice I had read on the BSS website. I tested them routinely.They never worked, but I "Never removed the batteries"

 

 

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https://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe/carbon-monoxide-(co)/

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It varies from boat to boat, depending on number of appliances etc.
Our boat is 15 years old, and we have always use the same guy to inspect it (and previous boat). After we fitted it out he went through it with a fine tooth comb and was probably about two hours testing it. Now he knows us and the boat, it takes less; I'll guess an hour or so. We always have a brew of course. He always says ours is an "easy" boat to inspect, because we prepare it for him.
One year he turned up with a broken leg, when I did the inspection and he sat on the sofa and filled the forms in. Still charged me full whack! Great guy though; very fair.

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3 hours ago, billh said:

Are you saying the stove isn't secured properly?😀

And I think you'll find the Guy's  name is Holding

 

It has been secured properly on each of the three occasions that Guy has done this.   I'm sure there was some subliminal reason I put Holden - perhaps because he wasn't holding, just testing? :)

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4 hours ago, rusty69 said:

We recently had ours BSS test. The inspector passed everything except the CO detectors. He checked both, and neither worked. Eventually he told me the batteries in both were flat. I told him they had been like that for 5 years. When he asked why, I told him it was the advice I had read on the BSS website. I tested them routinely.They never worked, but I "Never removed the batteries"

 

 

Screenshot 2019-04-15 at 19.04.12.png

 

https://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe/carbon-monoxide-(co)/

 

 

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59 minutes ago, Dr Bob said:

9999

 

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I was tempted to get @rusty69 to make a really inane comment as a reply to one of mine for number 10000, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do it.

 

I think he/she/it has forgotten about not posting outside the Virtual Pub!

 

Bite Rusty, Bite! 

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