Get the BSS Essential Guide This BSS publication is an excellent guide to help you understand what will be checked during your examination.

Have your existing certificate to hand. This will help the examiner with information about the boat, such as when it was constructed and with the confirmation of the expiry date of your current certificate.

Ensure full access to all gas joints and as much pipe-work as possible (including fuel lines) so that they can be inspected. Gas lockers should be unlocked and boards and panels removed to give access where necessary.

Ensure all the boat systems and appliances are fully functional. Have a fully charged battery and sufficient gas and water to enable a flue spilage test to be carried out on water heater.

Notify any relevant landowners who may have to give access to the examiner so that he can get to the boat’s mooring.