BSS tight­ens up with more checks on hire­boats

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THE BOAT SAFETY SCHEME has pub­lished an up­dated, ex­tended ver­sion of its list of checks for hire­boats, fol­low­ing two years’ work and a full con­sul­ta­tion in 2015.

Hire craft al­ready have to sat­isfy a more strin­gent test for the BSS ex­am­i­na­tion than pri­vate craft, but from April 2017, seven new re­quire­ments will be checked as part of the text: Slip-re­sis­tant sur­faces in all des­ig­nated ex­ter­nal crew ar­eas The arc of nar­row­boat tillers clearly iden­ti­fied Means of es­cape clearly marked Smoke alarms pro­vided Smoke alarms in good con­di­tion Car­bon monox­ide ( CO) alarms pro­vided on boats with solid fuel stoves CO alarms in good con­di­tion In ad­di­tion, all the ex­ist­ing checks for pri­vate boats will ap­ply, as well as the ex­ist­ing nine hire­boat checks cov­er­ing: hand­holds, lifebuoys, means of re­vers­ing (in­clud­ing out­board pow­ered craft, fire blan­kets, fixed ven­ti­la­tor warn­ing la­bels, suit­able glaz­ing ma­te­rial, height / sealing / se­cur­ing of weed hatches, hull open­ings be­low water­line fit­ted with clos­able valves, hull open­ings above water­line wa­ter­tight.

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